“Indeed, being reflective is ideal during this week of Lent.”
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Source: “He Died For Humanity”
Since the Pope Francis assumed his role as the Head of the Catholic Church, he made dramatic wave of changes across the globally divided church, particularly on socially oriented issues.
In his recent interview, he continued to discuss how the Catholic Church must evolve among its faithful. The spirit of humility and vow to service are his urgent message that his spiritual ambassadors of goodwill across the globe must take as priority instead of participating in divisive arguments that will continue to destroy the image of the Catholic church.
“In a dramatically blunt interview with Civilta Cattolica, the Italian Jesuit monthly, Francis said the Church had locked itself up in “small things, in small-minded rules”. It must find a new balance between upholding rules and demonstrating mercy, “otherwise even the moral edifice of the Church is likely to fall like a house of cards...”
“In an remarkable change from his predecessor Benedict, who said homosexuality was an intrinsic disorder, Francis said that when homosexuals told him they were always condemned by the Church and felt “socially wounded”, he told them “the Church does not want to do this“.
He re-stated his comments first made on the plane returning from Brazil in July that he was not in a position to judge gays who are of good will and in search of God.
In the interview released on Thursday, he added: “By saying this, I said what the catechism says. Religion has the right to express its opinion in the service of the people, but God in creation has set us free: it is not possible to interfere spiritually in the life of a person.” (source: NewsMax.com)
- he wants to lead the church into a new chapter, or at least embrace a new tone. In a notable gesture, Francis asked the multitudes assembled in St. Peter’s Square to bless him.
- In Catholic tradition, St. Francis of Assisi had a mystical vision of Jesus Christ, who told him to rebuild his church.
- In light of the scandals that have tarnished the Church, from its financial troubles to widespread allegations and cover-up of sex abuse, the name may carry special significance
- Francis is also known for humility and a simple lifestyle. The Italian patron saint renounced his wealth and founded the Franciscan order of friars in 1290.
Pope Francis is the 266th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church. Wishing a continuous great health of the Holy Father.