Pope Francis became Pope in March of this year and has been serving for 117 days. He was the first pope selected who was born in the Americas, so from the beginning his Papal actions have been watched more closely by the media.
Since he began work as the Pope of the Catholic church, Francis has said quite a lot about the current state of the world. He has done many things that his predecessors have never done. Pope Francis is a big proponent of a church that helps the poor. He does not believe in frivolous displays of wealth and many other popular and respectable beliefs.
Pope Francis on including atheists and all people: “The Lord has redeemed all of us, all of us, with the Blood of Christ: all of us, not just Catholics. Everyone! ‘Father, the atheists?’ Even the atheists. Everyone!”
On pride and success: “When you approach others on your way up, say hello to everyone. They are the same people that you’ll meet when you’re on your way down.
On the banks and financial system given recent global economic events: “If the investments in the banks fall slightly… [it is] a tragedy… what can be done? But if people die of hunger, if they have nothing to eat, if they have poor health, it does not matter! This is our crisis today!”
Two short quotes from Pope Francis which say a lot: “War is madness. It is the suicide of humanity” and “We are not part-time Christians.”
A recent quote on the excesses of church officials and the importance of getting what you need, not what you want: “It hurts me when I see a priest or a nun with the latest model car, you can’t do this. A car is necessary to do a lot of work, but please, choose a more humble one. If you like the fancy one, just think about how many children are dying of hunger in the world.”