He is the pope, he can’t avoid the publicity. He lived simply in Argentina and chooses to live simply at the Vatican.
He chose the name Francis after St. Francis of Assisi who chose to live in poverty even though his family was wealthy. Poverty, living it to address the spiritual poverty that has overtaken our world and the human poverty that really ensues because of the spiritual poverty seems to be something he is going to base his papacy on.
I am ecstatic that he is taking bold steps. He is sending a message, a bold message and believe me the usual subjects are taking notice.
Pope Benedict’s papacy really laid the groundword for Pope Francis, Benedict slowly pulled the Church, especially the American church away from extreme liberalism. Liberal bishops have been replaced with conservative, faithful bishops and Pope Francis will have a much more receptive and obedient American church. I can only believe that this same pattern was followed throughout the world.
posted on 03/26/2013 12:45:30 PM PDT
Excellent response! I admire the new Pope. He’s setting a great example.
Just finished reading this thread and your observations regarding Pope Benedict laying the groundwork for Pope Francis has been my thought as well. Each pope has his mission from God and considering the house cleaning that was overdue at the Vatican I think that Benedict did his job and made it possible for Francis to do what he has been chosen to do. I admire them both and have read that they are good friends and have worked closely together the last few years.
Another belief I have is that Pope Benedict has chosen to live a mostly monastic life of prayer to help both Pope Francis and the Catholic church. Cloistered prayer is powerful and having a retired Pope pitching in to help the church minister to it's huge population of faithful members is a most welcome and needed thing. Thank God for both Pope Benedict and Pope Francis.
posted on 03/26/2013 9:39:49 PM PDT
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