Stand with the man of the year – Pope Francis
Pope Francis – Jorge Mario Bergoglio
The Pope has just been named Time’s Person of the Year for leading the Church back to its most inspiring progressive roots and preaching acceptance and love for everyone. The leader of the Roman Catholic Church edged out nine other finalists, including National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden and gay marriage advocate Edith Windsor, for the honor.
According to Time, the head of the Catholic Church has become a new voice of global conscience since taking office in March.
“Rarely has a new player on the world stage captured so much attention so quickly — young and old, faithful and cynical — as has Pope Francis. In his nine months in office, he has placed himself at the very center of the central conversations of our time: about wealth and poverty, fairness and justice, transparency, modernity, globalization, the role of women, the nature of marriage, the temptations of power. He is embracing complexity and acknowledging the risk that a church obsessed with its own rights and righteousness could inflict more wounds than it heals,” Time managing editor Nancy Gibbs.
Francis was chosen, she added, “for pulling the papacy out of the palace and into the streets, for committing the world’s largest church to confronting its deepest needs, and for balancing judgment with mercy.”
Pope Francis’ views
Pope Francis was named Time‘s Person of the Year for his world-changing views on quite a few topics. He has introduced some sweeping changes to the thinking of not only the Catholic Church, but also the world.
Pope Francis wrote in his exhortation that he believes the church’s number one mission should be to care for those less fortunate.
“I prefer a Church which is bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out on the streets, rather than a Church which is unhealthy from being confined and from clinging to its own security,” he said. “More than by fear of going astray, my hope is that we will be moved by the fear of remaining shut up within structures which give us a false sense of security, within rules which make us harsh judges, within habits which make us feel safe, while at our door people are starving and Jesus does not tire of saying to us: ‘Give them something to eat.'”
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