Pope Francis Speaks With Open Heart

Pope Francis with dove
“… he mentions specifically the peril of being taken out of context by the media …” – Vatican Radio, in reference to Pope Francis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Here is an excerpt from a Vatican Radio story titled “Pope speaks with open heart to Argentinean newspaper“.

When asked whether he is happy to be called the Pope of the poor, Francis says that poverty is at the heart of the Gospel: “Jesus came to preach to the poor, it is impossible to take poverty away from the Gospel”.

The Pope says the worst evils in the world today are “poverty, corruption, human trafficking”.

Although many believe that the eradication of poverty is a utopia, the Pope says ideals are what move us forward. He says that it would be very sad if young people were not utopian and idealistic. He lists three things we should all keep in mind as we face the problems that arise: “memory, the capacity to see the present, a utopian vision for the future”.

In conclusion, when asked how he would like to be remembered, Francis’s answer is simple: “As a person who has done his best to do good. I have no other claim”.

The above-quoted story about Pope Francis is an interesting read, even if one doesn’t always agree with him.

By the way, Pope Francis has a reason to be concerned about “being taken out of context by the media.” Already some pundits have misinterpreted the Pontiff’s words and have come to the false conclusion that the Pontiff is a Communist, which he isn’t.

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