Who is Pope Francis? Insights on the remarkable life of a historic pontiff

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Pope Francis told an elderly audience he, too, is "a little bit sick" and he's said he doesn't think his pontificate will last more than five years. Creative Commons image by the Catholic Church (England and Wales)

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Pope Francis told an elderly audience he, too, is "a little bit sick" and he's said he doesn't think his pontificate will last more than five years. Creative Commons image by the Catholic Church (England and Wales)

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(RNS) A reformer? A radical? A revolutionary? He has been called all of these things.

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  • I appreciate this insightful article.

    “Jesuits are known for their rigorous intellectual and spiritual development and their intense focus on missionary work.”

    It is a huge insult to real “rigorous intellectuals” to lump them with any religious order. ‘Rigor’ would imply challenging of claims – not milquetoast surrender to ancient nonsense (The zombies of Matthew 27:52 come to mind).

    Furthermore, it is profoundly rich for a Jesuit missionary like Pope Francis – whose life’s work is to claim other religions are not as good as Jesus – to dare try to outlaw blasphemy.

    Nothing intellectual is going on with Francis or these religious ideas.
    Francis is carrying water for a clutch of primitive superstitions. The next Pope will do the same and be just as unthinking.

  • Sister Geraldine Marie, OP, RN, PHN

    Pope Francis is the kind of pope every pope should be!

    HALLELUYAH!

  • Faith Contender

    ‘Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.’ John 14; 6
    “For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus…” 1 Timothy 2; 5
    “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.” Matt. 11; 28
    “Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me.” (Jesus)
    Revelation 3; 20
    We must have a personal relationship with Jesus to be saved, and then follow Him, which I do and advise you to do likewise.
    “It was also given to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them, and authority over every tribe and people and tongue and nation was given to him. All who dwell on the earth will worship him, everyone whose name has not been written from the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who has been slain. If anyone has an ear, let him hear.”…

  • BB,

    I noticed you have again failed to confirm your god exists.

  • Bernardo

    Said Jesus’ story was embellished and “mythicized” by
    many semi-fiction writers. A bodily resurrection and
    ascension stories were promulgated to compete with the
    Caesar myths. Said stories were so popular that they
    grew into a religion known today as Catholicism/Christianity
    and featuring dark-age, daily wine to blood and bread to body rituals
    called the eucharistic sacrifice of the non-atoning Jesus.

    Amen
    (References used are available upon request.)

  • Francis is being celebrated for appearing to abandon Catholic Dogma in favor of Secular Humanism. But it is just an illusion since his official statements support the traditional dogmas.

    Still, he is destroying what remains of Catholicism by claiming God to be unitarian – his lazy thinking and wobbly theology is actually working very well to discredit the existence of a real God.

    The Pope is doing more good for the Atheist movement than any New Atheist would have done.

  • Dr. Cajetan Coelho

    Saint Ignatius of Loyola – a man of contemplation and action.