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Read what speech Pope Francis wrote in yesterday’s sermon.

” you can have flaws, be anxious and always angry, but remember that your life is the largest company in the world. Only you can stop him from failing.

Many appreciate you, admire and love you. Remember that being happy is not having a sky without a storm, a road without accidents, a work without fatigue, relationships without disappointments.

Being happy is finding strength in forgiveness, hope in battles, security in moments of fear, love in discord. It’s not just to taste a smile, but to think about sadness.

It’s not just to celebrate success, but to learn lessons from chess.

It is not only to feel happy with the applause, but to be happy in anonymity.

Being happy is not a fate of fate, but a success for those who can travel in themselves.

Being happy is stopping becoming a victim and becoming the author of your destiny.

It is crossing the deserts so that we can find an oasis in the bottom of our soul

It’s to thank god for every morning, for the miracle of life. Being happy doesn’t suck your own feelings.

You can talk about you. It is the courage to hear a “no”. trust is on the lookout for criticism, even if they are not justified. It’s to kiss your children, to pamper your parents, to live poetic moments with friends, even if they hurt us.

Being happy is letting the creature live in each of us, free, happy and simple.

You have to have maturity so you can say, ” I made mistakes “. it’s having the courage to say ” I’m sorry “.

it’s to have the sensitivity to say ” I need you “. Is having the ability to say “I love you”. may your life become a garden of opportunities for happiness… in spring, a lover of joy.

In Winter, a lover of wisdom. And when you make a mistake, start again. Because only then, you will be in love with life. You will see that being happy is not to have a perfect life. But use tears to irrigate tolerance.

Use your losses to strengthen patience.

Use your mistakes to sculpt serenity.

Use pain as a plaster of pleasure. Use obstacles to open intelligence windows.

Never give up… never give up on people who love you. Never give up happiness, because life is an amazing manifestation (performance) or (opportunities?). ”
Pope Francis

A sample speech of Pope Francis

Discours d’hier du pape francois

C’est le pape avec la plus grande spiritualité depuis Pierre

“Vous pouvez avoir des défauts, être anxieux et toujours en colère, mais n’oubliez pas que votre vie est la plus grande entreprise au monde.

Seulement vous pouvez l’empêcher d’échouer.

Beaucoup vous apprécient, vous admirent et vous aiment. Rappelez-vous qu’être heureux ce n’est pas avoir un ciel sans tempête, une route sans accidents, un travail sans fatigue, des relations sans déceptions.

Être heureux c’est trouver la force dans le pardon, l’espoir dans les batailles, la sécurité dans les moments de peur, l’amour dans la discorde.

Ce n’est pas seulement de goûter au sourire, mais aussi de réfléchir à la tristesse.

Ce n’est pas seulement pour célébrer les succès, mais pour apprendre les leçons des échecs.

Ce n’est pas seulement de se sentir heureux avec les applaudissements, mais d’être heureux dans l’anonymat.

Être heureux n’est pas une fatalité du destin, mais une réussite pour ceux qui peuvent voyager en eux-mêmes.

Être heureux c’est arrêter de devenir une victime et devenir l’auteur de votre destin. C’est traverser les déserts pour pouvoir encore trouver une oasis au fond de notre âme.

C’est pour remercier Dieu pour chaque matin, pour le miracle de la vie.

Être heureux ne craint pas tes propres sentiments. C’est pouvoir parler de vous. C’est avoir le courage d’entendre un «non». La confiance est à l’affût des critiques, même si elles ne sont pas justifiées.

C’est d’embrasser vos enfants, de choyer vos parents, de vivre des moments poétiques avec des amis, même s’ils nous blessent.

Être heureux c’est laisser vivre la créature qui vit dans chacun d’entre nous, libre, joyeuse et simple. Il faut avoir la maturité pour pouvoir dire: «J’ai fait des erreurs».

C’est avoir le courage de dire “Je suis désolé”. C’est d’avoir la sensibilité de dire “J’ai besoin de toi”. C’est avoir la capacité de dire “Je t’aime”.

Que votre vie devienne un jardin d’opportunités pour le bonheur … Au printemps, un amoureux de la joie. En hiver, un amoureux de la sagesse.

Et lorsque vous faites une erreur, recommencez. Car seulement alors, vous serez amoureux de la vie. Vous constaterez que le fait d’être heureux n’est pas d’avoir une vie parfaite. Mais utilisez les larmes pour irriguer la tolérance.

Utilisez vos pertes pour raffermir la patience. Utilisez vos erreurs pour sculpter la sérénité. Utilisez la douleur comme plâtre du plaisir. Utilisez les obstacles pour ouvrir les fenêtres d’intelligence.

Ne jamais abandonner … Ne jamais abandonner les gens qui vous aiment. Ne jamais abandonner le bonheur, car la vie est une manifestation (performance) incroyable. ”
Pape François

Pope Francis: How can we have peace if arms trade are that profitable?

What place Capitalism occupies in humanity?

Le Pape François a reçu Paris Match au Vatican.

Dans une interview exclusive accordée à l’hebdomadaire, le Saint-Père a déploré la place qu’occupe le capitalisme dans l’humanité.

Selon lui, “le capitalisme et le profit ne sont pas diaboliques si on ne les transforme pas en idoles.

Ils ne le sont pas s’ils restent des instruments”.

En revanche, nuance le Pape, “si l’argent et le profit à tout prix deviennent des fétiches qu’on adore, si l’avidité est à la base de notre système social et économique, alors nos sociétés courent à la ruine”.

Le Pape appelle les sociétés à se recentrer sur les valeurs essentielles de l’humanité et à faire abstraction de cette course au profit qui anime le monde.

L’humanité doit renoncer à idolâtrer l’argent et doit replacer au centre la personne humaine, sa dignité, le bien commun, le futur des générations qui peupleront la Terre après nous a-t-il déclaré.

Lors de son discours au siège de l’ONU en septembre dernier, le souverain pontife avait expliqué attendre qu’un accord soit trouvé sur la lutte contre le réchauffement climatique, au terme de la COP21. Dans les colonnes de Paris Match, le Pape espère que la conférence sur le climat “pourra contribuer à des choix concrets, partagés et visant, pour le bien commun, le long terme”.

Très engagé, le Saint-Père s’est également exprimé sur la situation en Syrie et n’a pas hésité à dénoncer l’hypocrisie de certains dirigeants.

N’oublions pas non plus l’hypocrisie de ces puissants de la Terre qui parlent de paix mais qui, en sous-main, vendent des armes” a-t-il déploré.

Note: No profit without Capitalism? Is profit synonymous to exploitation? Why we attach “profit” to all negative connotations? Can any investment be done without a level of profit from human labor? 

Everybody decided to support science and climate change? Pope included

On June 18, Pope Francis issued the encyclical Laudato Si: On care for our common home.

The letter has been widely praised for supporting the science on climate change.

But it goes much further than many expected in documenting the phenomenal changes that our planet is undergoing, beyond climate.

And the story of how the Pope has integrated science and religion (not always the easiest of companions, let’s face it) indicates, to me at least, a profound shift in world view. (Paradigmatic shift on minding the sustainable issues for survival)

Patsy Z shared this link TED, September 24, 2015 ·
The case for climate action as a moral imperative.
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The Pontifical Academy of Sciences has been bringing together climate scientists, economists and scholars pretty much since Francis’ papacy began in March 2013.

My colleagues, professors Paul Crutzen, Veerabhadran Ramanathan and John Schellnhuber, have been part of a new level of dialogue between Earth system scientists and the Vatican.

In April of this year, I attended a one-day scientific workshop on the moral dimensions of climate change and sustainable humanity.

At that workshop, which included economist Jeffrey Sachs and Sir Partha Dasgupta of Cambridge University, Cardinal Peter Turkson reminded us that “we are traversing some of the planet’s most fundamental natural boundaries.”

Turkson was using language referring to research on planetary boundaries led by my group, the Stockholm Resilience Centre, and carried out together with leading global sustainability scientists across the world.

First published in 2009 (and updated in a paper for Science in January), our work was initiated by growing alarm at the scale of human influence on Earth.

Indeed, humans, predominantly in wealthy nations that consume the most, are now the prime drivers of change in the Earth system.

We are altering the carbon, water and nitrogen cycles; we are changing the chemistry of the ocean. Only last week, researchers announced further evidence that we are in the midst of a sixth mass extinction of life on Earth. (I had published the article on the 6th mass extinction many months ago)

Firmly grounded in this science, Pope Francis’ encyclical suggests — in line with our analysis — that planetary stewardship must now be the foundation of our values, beliefs and economic systems. It is a remarkable document on the moral imperative of climate action, as well as a call for a new journey of hope and dignity for all world citizens.

Again, these moral statements are surprisingly well aligned with scientific evidence. There is now mounting evidence that a grand transformation of our economic system will deliver both greater wellbeing for all and a sustainable future.

As several of us at the April meeting pointed out, it is the current economic model, known as business-as-usual — not sustainable transformation — that presents the high-risk path for humanity.

Business-as-usual stands little chance of delivering wellbeing to a world of perhaps 9 billion people by 2050. It is only by transforming to a sustainable world that Earth has a chance of continuing to support social and economic development to meet rapidly growing demands for health and wealth.

One of the ways to do that is to aim for zero emissions from fossil fuels by around the middle of the century. This is possible; the technology is available and investment in renewables is accelerating.

Pope Francis has made this careful intervention at a critical time. 2015 is unique.

In July, world leaders meet to discuss how to finance sustainable development. In September they meet again to agree on 17 global goals for development. And in December, they come together once more to hammer out a climate deal.

In April, the Earth League, a group of concerned scientists which I have the privilege of chairing, released the Earth Statement outlining the essential elements of a climate deal.

This has been endorsed by Desmond Tutu and members of the World Council of Churches and Religions for Peace. Religious leaders are mobilizing around these global environmental challenges.

2015 is a once-in-a-generation chance to overcome inertia and chart out a sustainable path for all.

The Pope’s intervention adds substantial weight to push for a more positive outcome than previous disappointments. Not least, because the window of opportunity is closing fast.

 

What Pope Francis Was Doing in His Twenties

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What Pope Francis Was Doing in His Twenties. Image Credit: AP

It’s a story of revolution, tango, missing lungs, sock factories and nightclubs.

It begins with an unrequited love for a pretty girl and soccer dreams dashed by flat feet.

So goes the biography of Pope Francis — previously, Jorge Mario Bergoglio — the native Argentine, TIME‘s 2013 person of the year and rockstar pontiff who never ceases to make headlines with his humility and love for the destitute.

Like his current frugality, his early years were characteristically unassuming.

According to biographer Luis Rosales, Francis was born to working-class parents in 1936.

His father, an Italian immigrant, expected his son to work from an early age. While studying to become a chemical technician in high school, Francis worked as a janitor and accountant at a local sock factory.

He went on to become a chemist, and even briefly served as a nightclub bouncer.

Image Credit: AP

A true Argentine, he openly professes his lifelong love for tango and soccer, activities complicated by his flat feet. He also played basketball growing up. Physical activity, however, would become more difficult as a young man, when he lost part of his right lung — not the entire thing, as some accounts have suggested — due to an infection.

His tale is not without romance.

As a 12 year old, he wrote a love note to a girl, complete with a drawing, with the caption: “This is the house I’m going to buy you when we get married.” The girl’s father beat her for fraternizing with a boy, cutting the budding affair short.

Francis’ alleged, prophetic last words to the girl were: “If I don’t marry you, I’m going to become a priest.”

The pope has also confessed to having a girlfriend as a teenager who was part of his tango-loving group of friends, and to having become “dazzled” by a woman while in seminary.

All in all, the young Bergoglio was everything you would expect from a pious, humble Argentine growing up in the ’40s and ’50s.

But there was a characteristic of the aspiring priest that was unique, something that would go on to profoundly shape his papacy: He was fascinated by politics.

Bergoglio grew up during a watershed period for Argentina.

He was just a young boy in 1945, when hundreds of thousands of workers famously descended on Buenos Aires’ main square, la Plaza de Mayo, to demand that Juan Domingo Perón — the populist who would become the country’s most consequential president — be released from prison.

Like the childhood memories of the terrorist attacks on September 2001 marking the beginning of millennials’ grappling with the role of the United States in the world, Bergoglio came of age during an intense period of class consciousness and political upheaval in Argentina. According to Rosales, Bergoglio strongly identified with the struggle to extend protections to society’s lower classes under Perón.

Image Credit: AP.

Working in the chemistry lab, a young Bergoglio became close with an avowed communist, who sparked his interest in Marxist writing. He read communist publications growing up, he says, and loved “every article,” which guided his “political formation.”

“But I was never a communist,” Francis says. It was because of his “political preoccupations” that he delayed attending seminary school for a full four years after deciding he wanted to become a priest, though he claims his political beliefs never went beyond the “intellectual plane.” His career, however, tells another story.

While serving the Church in Argentina, Bergoglio developed a reputation as a savvy political operator. He clashed with the administration of the current president, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, and her husband who served before, over issues like marriage equality and socioeconomic inequality.

As the leader of the Jesuits, he was a powerful player during the period of the military dictatorship and had to walk a fine line. Though allegations have surfaced that he didn’t adequately protect some of the priests that reported to him, the accusations haven’t stuck.

Image Credit: AP

But it has been during his papacy that Francis’ political genius has truly shown.

On issue after issue, from homosexuality to priest celibacy to inequality, he has projected a kinder, more modern Catholic Church without changing a single piece of doctrine.

For someone who said he wouldn’t use the Internet until he turned 75, he has been a skilled communicator in the digital age. His photo ops — whether kissing a disfigured man, washing the feet of AIDS victims, calling for peace in the Middle East or zipping around in a Ford Focus — instantly go viral, projecting a vision of humility to millions of people.

If this pope thing doesn’t work out, our friend Francis could have a promising career as a political consultant.

ALL RELIGIONS ARE TRUE” in Falsehood? And POPE FRANCIS condemnations…

For the last six months, Catholic cardinals, bishops and theologians have been deliberating in Vatican City, discussing the future of the church and redefining long-held Catholic doctrines and dogmas.

The Third Vatican Council, is undoubtedly the largest and most important since the Second Vatican Council was concluded in 1962.

Pope Francis convened the new council to “finally finish the work of the Second Vatican Council.”

While some traditionalists and conservative reactionaries on the far right have decried these efforts, they have delighted progressives around the world.

 posted this Dec. 5, 2013:

POPE FRANCIS CONDEMNS RACISM AND DECLARES THAT “ALL RELIGIONS ARE TRUE” AT HISTORIC THIRD VATICAN COUNCIL

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The Third Vatican Council concluded today with Pope Francis announcing that Catholicism is now a

modern and reasonable religion, which has undergone evolutionary changes. The time has come to abandon all intolerance. We must recognize that religious truth evolves and changes. Truth is not absolute or set in stone. Even atheists acknowledge the divine. Through acts of love and charity the atheist acknowledges God as well, and redeems his own soul, becoming an active participant in the redemption of humanity.”

“Through humility, soul searching, and prayerful contemplation we have gained a new understanding of certain dogmas. The church no longer believes in a literal hell where people suffer. This doctrine is incompatible with the infinite love of God. God is not a judge but a friend and a lover of humanity. God seeks not to condemn but only to embrace. Like the fable of Adam and Eve, we see hell as a literary device. Hell is merely a metaphor for the isolated soul, which like all souls ultimately will be united in love with God” Pope Francis declared.

In a speech that shocked many, the Pope claimed

“All religions are true, because they are true in the hearts of all those who believe in them. What other kind of truth is there? In the past, the church has been harsh on those it deemed morally wrong or sinful. Today, we no longer judge. Like a loving father, we never condemn our children.

Our church is big enough for heterosexuals and homosexuals, for the pro-life and the pro-choice! For conservatives and liberals, even communists are welcome and have joined us. We all love and worship the same God.”

One statement in the Pope’s speech has sent traditionalists into a fit of confusion and hysteria. “God is changing and evolving as we are, For God lives in us and in our hearts. When we spread love and kindness in the world, we touch our own divinity and recognize it.

The Bible is a beautiful holy book, but like all great and ancient works, some passages are outdated. Some even call for intolerance or judgement. The time has come to see these verses as later interpolations, contrary to the message of love and truth, which otherwise radiates through scripture.

In accordance with our new understanding, we will begin to ordain women as cardinals, bishops and priests. In the future, it is my hope that we will have a woman pope one day. Let no door be closed to women that is open to men!

In addition to the Pope’s sweeping calls for tolerance and a new progressive understanding of Catholicism, he condemned racism, raising his voice and pounding the podium in front of him.

Pope Francis spent over an hour castigating anti-immigrant politicians, parties and individuals. Wagging his finger sternly with righteous indignation, the Pope shouted

“Racism today is the ultimate evil in the world. When Italians, Spanish or French turn back the boats of African migrants seeking a better life, are they not like the inn keeper who told Mary and Joseph that there was no room for them and the infant Christ? These migrants are children of God and we are commanded to love them!”

His voice loudly echoing through St. Peter’s basilica, the Pope stated

those who would dare to turn immigrants away, be they legal or undocumented, turn their backs on Christ himself! A racist is not a true Christian. A racist casts aside his humanity to become a beast, a demon! He is the embodiment and personification of evil, a Satan!”

To a chorus of thunderous applause, Pope Francis stated

because Muslims, Hindus and African Animists are also made in the very likeness and image of God, to hate them is to hate God! To reject them to is to reject God and the Gospel of Christ. Whether we worship at a church, a synagogue, a mosque or a mandir, it does not matter.

Whether we call God, Jesus, Adonai, Allah or Krishna, we all worship the same God of love. This truth is self-evident to all who have love and humility in their hearts!

In a announcement that shocked many people, Pope Francis warned that

“those who seek to deny a home to the migrant, to the African and the Muslim, risk their membership in the church. We will consider excommunication for those whose souls willingly dwell in the darkness and evil of intolerance and racism. Satan himself is a metaphor or a personification, for the collective evils of mankind. Today, these evils manifest foremost as racism, intolerance, religious persecution and bigotries of all kinds.”

A couple of prominent Catholic cardinals have responded to Pope Francis’ declarations by leaving the church.

Cardinal Arinze of Nigeria asked,

what do we stand for if we declare that truth is relative? On the contrary, truth exists independently of our personal feelings. All of this talk of love and tolerance is hollow if we have no identity of our own, if we stand for nothing. I charge that Francis has become a heretic, and that he is not a valid Pope.

Indeed, Francis is no longer even a Catholic. The seat of Saint Peter is vacant. I am now a Sedevacantist. I should have become one long ago. The Vatican has embraced ecumenism in the past, but worse than that, it has now embraced moral relativism on abortion and homosexuality.

At the same time it is embracing moral absolutism in favour of illegal immigration and cultural genocide against Europe.

In his most controversial statement, Cardinal Arinze said

Islam has overrun my own country, and now it threatens to overrun Europe. Some parts of Nigeria now live under Islamic Sharia law. Catholics there are no longer free to practice their faith publicly.

Francis is a fool if he thinks that his liberal immigration policy will end well. He has betrayed western civilization. Vatican City will one day become a giant mosque if things continue in Europe along their present course. Those in the West who ignore this truth, do so at their own peril.”

In an angry and vitriolic rant revealing deep self-hating tendencies, the African Cardinal Arinze stated

“There is nothing wrong with Europeans who want to protect their borders. The problem is that there is not enough border control and the immigration policies are far too lenient in Europe. Is it racist to desire to preserve one’s own home? Why is it racist to want to preserve your own culture and a future for your people and your children? Have white people gone stupid today?

This much is clear, the Catholic Church has made a decision to rejoin humanity and to reject intolerance and extremism. The church has lost a few narrow-minded bigots, with reports of some small parishes and a few cardinals and bishops defecting, but Pope Francis has gained the friendship of the world.

Pope Francis deserves praise for taking a humane stand in defense of human rights and against bigotry.

Copyright © 2013 Diversity Chronicle All Rights Reserved.

Person of the Year by Time Magazine: Why Pope Francis?

Pope Francis has been declared Time’s Person Of The Year.

Looking back on 2013, has Francis done  a few incredibly progressive activities to lead the Church?

Mark Pygas posted:

I Knew Pope Francis Was Good, But When I Found Out Everything He Did in 2013, I Was Blown Away

1. He spoke out against frivolous spending by the Church

Pope-Francis-I-Angelus-and-Blessing-from-the-window-overlooking-St-Peter-s-SquareSource: catholic-ew.org.ukThe average set of cardinal’s clothes costs as much as $20,000.

In October, Pope Francis urged officials to dress more modestly and to not squander such money. In the same month, he ordered a German bishop to explain how he had spent $3 million on a marble courtyard. Source: globalpost.com

2. He invited a boy with Downs Syndrome for a ride in the Popemobile

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During a general audience, Pope Francis invited Alberto di Tullio, a 17-year-old boy with Downs Syndrome, to ride in his Popemobile while thousands watched. The boy and his father were said to be “chocked up” when he was embraced by the Pope. Source: cbsnews.com

3. He embraced and kissed Vinicio Riva

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November saw Pope Francis embrace Vinicio Riva, a man scarred by a genetic disease. Fighting agonising pain on a daily basis, such an act restored the faith of a man who says he is often mocked in public. Source: cnn.com

4. He denounced the judgment of homosexuals

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Pope Francis has stated several times that the Church has no right to interfere spiritually in the lives of gays and lesbians. Though Francis maintained the right of the Church to express opinions on homosexuality, he believed that Christians should not judge or ridicule.

This led to The Advocate, a gay  rights magazine, naming Francis the ‘single most influential person of 2013 on the lives of LGBT people.’ Source: cnn.com

5. He held a major ceremony at the chapel of a youth prison

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In March, the Pope held a major Holy Week service at Casal del Marmo jail for minors, rather than the Vatican. During the service, the pope washed and kissed the feet of 12 young offenders to commemorate Jesus’ gesture of humility towards his apostles on the night before he died. During the service, he broke tradition by washing the feet of women and Muslims. Source: reuters.com

6. He urged the protection of the Amazon Rainforest

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During his visit to Brazil, Pope Francis met with natives who have been fighting ranchers and farmers attempting to invade their land. He encouraged that the Amazon be treated as a garden and protected, along with it’s native people. Source: nationalpost.com

7. He personally called and consoled a victim of rape

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A 44-year old Argentinian woman, raped by a local policeman, was one of thousands to write a letter to Pope Francis in 2013. The woman was surprised when she later received a phone call from Francis himself–who consoled the woman and told her, “You are not alone.”

Source: catholicvirtue.org

8. He snuck out of the Vatican to feed the homeless

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More recently, it has been discovered that Pope Francis regularly leaves the Vatican at night to feed the homeless. Dressed as an ordinary priest, he joins Archbishop Konrad Krajewski to feed the poor of Rome.

Source: huffingtonpost.com

10. He acknowledged that atheists can be good people

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Earlier in 2013,  Pope Francis spoke out against the common interpretation within the Church that atheists, by nature, are bad people. He stated that, “Atheists should be seen as good people if they do good.” After meeting the Pope, the openly atheist president of Uruguay, Jose Mujica, compared Francis to a friendly neighbor. Source: theguardian.com

11. He condemned the global financial system

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In May, Francis denounced the global financial system for tyrannizing the poor and turning humans into expendable consumer goods. He believes that, “Money has to serve, not to rule!” Source: timesofmalta.com

12. He fought child abuse

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The Catholic Church has been rocked in recent years by allegations and admissions of child abuse by members of the Church. Pope Francis became the first Pope to take effective action against such atrocities. He ammended Vatican law to make sexual abuse of children a crime, and he also established a committee to fight abuse. Source: bbc.co.uk

13. He condemned the violence of the Syrian civil war

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In regard to the use of chemical weapons in Syria, Pope Francis asked for peace and declared that, “War, never again. Violence never leads to peace, war leads to war, violence leads to violence.” Source: reuters.com

14. He redirected employee bonuses to charity

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When a new Pope is elected, Vatican employees receive a bonus. Upon his election, the extra money was given to directly to charity instead. Source: washingtonpost.com

15. He spoke out against the Church’s ‘obsession’ with abortion, gay marriage and contraception

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In a voice of reason, Francis shocked the Catholic world when he stated that the Church was an unhealthy obsession with abortion, gay marriage, and contraception. He criticized the Church for putting dogma before love, and for prioritizing moral doctrines over serving the poor and marginalized. Source: nytimes.com

16. He called for cooperation between Christians and Muslims

Pope Francis waves as he arrives to lead Angelus at VaticanSource: catholicsun.org

During his Angelus address, Francis paid respect to the end of Ramadan. He stated that both Christians and Muslims worship the same God, and he hoped that Christians and Muslims would work together to promote mutual respect.

Source: catholicherald.co.uk

17. He took part in a selfie

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In what might be his most progressive feat of all, Pope Francis met with youngsters to be part of a truly remarkable selfie. His is embracing the present, and he is undoubtedly taking the Church to a more loving and accepting future.

Source: telegraph.co.uk

18. He invited homeless men to his birthday meal

Pope Francis and archbishop Konrad Krajewski welcome some homeless men at the VaticanSource: theguardian.com

On December 17, Pope Francis invited a group of homeless men and their dog into the Vatican to share his birthday meal along with his staff. The Pope had decided that he wanted a small birthday event, which would do some good, rather than a large and expensive event. Source: theguardian.com

19. He refused to send away a child who had run on stage to hug him

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During the Year of Faith Celebrations, a young boy ran on stage as the Pope was giving a speech. When assistants tried to remove the boy, Francis allowed him to stay. Source: buzzfeed.com


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