Pope Francis

Sunday, 9 November 2014


A spirituality of hospitality included gratitude for persons, including oneself, created in the image of God. Patience and the ability to keep silent were necessary here as elsewhere.

Christian listening depended on openness to the other.

Helping the poor was understood by many as giving them a hand from above and pulling them up. But for Pope Francis, it meant sharing the situation of poor and marginalised people and joining hands with them there on an upward path.

Hence Pope Francis’s emphasis on mercy, a virtue described as “entering into the chaos of the life of another”.

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