7 top issues Pope Francis has staked out for his papacy

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Pope Francis gestures as he arrives to lead his Wednesday general audience in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican May 20, 2015.


Pope Francis gestures as he arrives to lead his Wednesday general audience in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican May 20, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Tony Gentile

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(RNS) Revamping the Vatican and overhauling its bureaucracy is only the beginning of Pope Francis' ambitious agenda, which includes advocating for immigrants, saving the environment and helping resolve international conflicts.

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  • Bernardo

    But the important stakes he will not address are the facts about the real Jesus and the fact that JC never resurrected and never died for anyone’s sins other than his own. Of course, if Francis ever did he and his merry MEN would be out of jobs.

  • John W

    And today’s challenge is…find a non-pope related article on the RNS front page. Somebody here really loves this guy…

  • Ben in oakland

    So hay marriage didn’t make his top 7 list. quelle surprise.

    Yet we have been told that our marriages threaten the fundamental building block for society, threaten morality, threaten heterosexuality, threaten faith itself.

    Maybe it just isn’t really a problem except for antigay people and those who earn their livings by attacking others.

  • Doc Anthony

    You were surprised, Ben? Honestly?

    I bet most of your Gay Activist brethren weren’t. Neither are most Christians, really.

    The Pope’s own actions and non-actions, especially when Catholic Ireland and later the United States of America were on the line, pretty much PROVES that Pope Francis supports Legalized Gay Marriage on the backdoor installment plan) iw not a secret anymore.

  • Betty Clermont

    The only “revamping” this pope has done to the Vatican is establishing a Secretariat for (his) Economy and a Secretariat of Communications, which should tell you where his heart lies. Reform of the Vatican Bank began in 2010 because it was threatened by being excluded from the global financial markets for money laundering and lack of transparency.

  • Ben in Oakland

    Well, doc, I suppose he could be a secret gay marriage supporter, despite his record, despite his history, despite his church. He could also be Marilyn Monroe. In a world where Baptists and Catholics can both proclaim they have the absolute truth about God and his message to the world, and not look at each other and bust a gut laughing, I suppose anything is possible.

    But it could also be that he isn’t as virulently and insanely antigay as certain people, and really does have priorities. He could even have a grasp on reality, rather than insisting that the stories he tells himself to justify his most unchristian attitudes are the truth.

  • samuel johnston

    “A poor church, for the poor!”- The Pope
    “You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.”- King James Version
    Let the Church show us the way by divesting itself of its wealth, and showing us how to live in dignity without that grubby money. LOL