Pope Francis to city dwellers: ‘Come down from the towers’

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Children play in the fountain at Dilworth Park, surrounded by city buildings, in Philadelphia, Pa., on August 28, 2015, a month before Pope Francis plans to visit the city. Religion News Service photo by Sally Morrow

Children play in the fountain at Dilworth Park, surrounded by city buildings, in Philadelphia, Pa., on August 28, 2015, a month before Pope Francis plans to visit the city. Religion News Service photo by Sally Morrow

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VATICAN CITY (RNS) Francis’ remarks on Wednesday echo comments made in his encyclical on the environment, in which he lamented the growth of chaotic megacities that breed anonymity.

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  • Sister Geraldine Marie, OP, RN, PHN

    Bravo, Pope Francis! And don’t forget to smile and say hello to those in Church! Ask them to come home with you and share a meal!
    Especially those you don’t know! Be truly Christian. “Bear one another’s burdens.”
    Many people don’t go to Church because it’s so impersonal.

  • Bernardo

    City dwellers to Francis: Considering your lack of authority over anyone makes your commentary on anything meaningless i.e. Matt 16:18 is historically nil.

  • Dr. Cajetan Coelho

    City people live in fear. High walls, barbed wire fences, all sorts of gadgets – it’s a life like the one in prison. Simple and poor people spend their precious lives trusting in the protection of the mighty Giver of life.

  • Bernardo

    Dr. Coelho

    You must be kidding?

  • Hunter

    While being an Evangelical (and disagreeing with with some of Catholic theology and teaching), I have to agree with the Pope on this. We as followers of Christ as not to be impersonal to others and spend our time focusing on ourselves. While cities are a great opportunity to have a concentrated population to witness to, many Christ-followers fall into the “norm” of city-life and forget their first Love and do not use this opportunity to share the Gospel (I also am guilty of this). Our focus should never be on our well being or how successful we can be in a worldly sense, but rather in how many people we can share our Good News with! Christ is risen! We are free! We should not keep the Gospel to ourselves, but rather let the whole world know of the Hope that we have!

  • Bernardo

    Hunter,

    Ahh, the infamous resurrection con!!

    The facts:

    Heaven is a spirit state as per JPII and T. Aquinas. As such there are no bodies in your heaven.

    So where are the bones”? As per Professor Crossan’s analyses in his many books, the body of Jesus would have ended up in the mass graves of the crucified, eaten by wild dogs, covered with lime in a shallow grave, or under a pile of stones.