Beliefs Pope Francis lays out a blueprint for his papacy in ‘Evangelii Gaudium’ By Eric J. Lyman | November 26, 2013 ShareTweet EmailPrint More More on Beliefs Subscribe to Beliefs Pope Francis carries his crosier after celebrating Mass in the piazza outside the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi, Italy, Oct. 4. The pontiff was making his first pilgrimage as pope to the birthplace of his papal namesake. Photo by Paul Haring/Catholic News Service Active RNS subscribers and members can view this content by logging-in here.ROME (RNS) "How can we continue to stand by when food is thrown away while people are starving?" Pope Francis asked. "Today, everything comes under the laws of competition and the survival of the fittest, where the powerful feed upon the powerless."