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New York Times Pope Francis
Pope Francis Visits Assisi on the Feast of His Namesake
By ELISABETTA POVOLEDO
ASSISI, Italy — It was clear from the moment that Pope Francis began his first visit to the town of St. Francis of Assisi that he would use personal, intimate gestures to send a strong message to the world at large.
Shortly after dawn, at the Serafico Institute, a religious charitable institution in Assisi, Italy, that treats seriously disabled children, the pope stopped to greet every child gathered in the institute’s chapel — there were more than 100 in all — kissing some, bending an ear to a whispered greeting, making the sign of the cross on the foreheads of those unable to speak.
Later, in the room where St. Francis famously stripped off his clothes to dedicate his life to Christ, living in poverty, the pope used similar warm gestures addressing a group of poor people challenged “by this savage world, that doesn’t give work, doesn’t help, doesn’t care if there are children in the world who are dying of hunger.”
Then, in an impromptu moment — one of several delivered Friday — he appealed to the Roman Catholic Church and to all Christians to divest themselves of worldliness, which leads to “vanity, arrogance and pride,” because “it is bad for us,” he said. “It is the cancer of society and the enemy of Christ.”
With the world’s media as his megaphone — officials said more than 1,000 journalists were accredited for the visit — Pope Francis spread a message that would have reverberated with St. Francis, who was entrusted nearly 800 years ago by God to “repair my house.”
The church and Christians everywhere must look to St. Francis as an example for their own lives, eschewing personal comfort to care for those less fortunate, the pope said. They must strive to become “instruments of peace,” and not “instruments of destruction,” respecting everything that God has created, he said in his homily…”
From the Associated Press
VATICAN CITY — Signaling a dramatic shift in Vatican tone, Pope Francis said the Catholic Church had become obsessed by “small-minded rules” about how to be faithful and that pastors should instead emphasize compassion over condemnation when discussing divisive social issues of abortion, gays and contraception.
The pope’s remarkably blunt message six months into his papacy was sure to reverberate in the U.S. and around the globe as bishops who have focused much of their preaching on such hot-button issues are asked to act more as pastors of wounded souls.
In interviews published Thursday in Jesuit journals in 16 countries, Francis said he had been “reprimanded” for not pressing church opposition to abortion in his papacy. But he said “it is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time.”
“The church’s pastoral ministry cannot be obsessed with the transmission of a disjointed multitude of doctrines to be imposed insistently,” Francis said.”