Pope Francis has embraced each opportunity in his Papacy to speak about the injustice and materialism that is spreading throughout the world. You can read some of his most famous quotes and insights below.
“Creation retains its beauty which fills us with awe and remains a good work. But there is also ‘violence, division, disagreement, war.’ This occurs when man, the summit of creation, stops contemplating beauty and goodness, and withdraws into his own selfishness.”
“St. Francis wanted a mendicant order and an itinerant one. Missionaries who want to meet, listen, talk, help, to spread faith and love. Especially love. And he dreamed of a poor Church that would take care of others, receive material aid and use it to support others, with no concern for itself. 800 years have passed since then and time have changed, but the ideal of a missionary, poor Church is still more than valid.”
“This is still the Church that Jesus and his disciples preached about. We need to avoid the spiritual sickness of a church that is wrapped up in its own world: when a church becomes like this, it grows sick. It is true that going out on to the street implies the risk of accidents happening, as they would to any ordinary man or woman. But if the church stays wrapped up in itself, it will age. And if I had to choose between a wounded church that goes out on to the streets and a sick, withdrawn church, I would definitely choose the first one.”
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