A wide-ranging collection of quotes from the new Pope's writings and speeches, revealing his opinions on the moral issues surrounding the Catholic Church today -- from wealth inequality to assisted suicide, contraception and homosexuality to celibacy and the role of women.
Pope Francis won the hearts of Catholics all over the world when he was elected in March 2013, with his natural humility and commitment to putting those who are poor at the centre of his mission.
Jorge Mario Bergoglio - the 265th successor of St Peter and the first non-European Pope in over 1200 years - has encouraged people to live simpler lives and shown the world a more compassionate face of Catholicism, bringing fresh hope for a renewal in the Church.
In his own life, he has long demonstrated both his belief in simplicity and his concern for those who are poor, refusing to live in palatial accommodation during his tenure as a cardinal in Buenos Aires, riding the bus to work and even persuading the diocese to allow a group of poor missionaries to live in the official residence.
POPE FRANCIS IN HIS OWN WORDS has been compiled to give Catholics and non-Catholics alike an insight into the thoughts of the new pontiff.
Quotations from Pope Francis in His Own Words:
“The person who is most high among us must be at the service of the others.”
— Pope Francis, as he washed, dried, and kissed the feet of young prisoners on his first Holy Thursday as pontiff
“We never lose if we imitate Jesus, if we serve our suffering brothers.”
“To recognize, accept, and live with all ways of thinking and being does not imply the renunciation of one’s own beliefs.”
“A little bit of mercy makes the world less cold and more just.”
“In a society where lies, cover-ups, and hypocrisy have caused people to lose basic trust in the social contract, what could be more revolutionary than the truth?”
“Human history, our history, the history of every one of us is never ‘finished’; it never runs out of possibilities. Rather, it is always opening to the new — to what, until now, we’d never even had in mind. To what seemed impossible.”