Pope wants austerity, a Catholic church that will serve the poor

By on Mar 17, 2013 in Europe, World Comments

Updated: March 19, 2013 8:50 p.m.

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The new pope wants austerity and a church that will be poor and will serve the poor. Pope Francis, who spoke in front of journalists in Vatican this Saturday, March 16, 2013, laid out his vision for the Roman Catholic Church, and explained his thoughts on media and why he choose Francis to be his name.

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According to report at News.va that day, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina, who was chosen last Wednesday, March 13 to be the successor of Benedict XVI, told the media that he was inspired by St. Francis of Assisi, a symbol of peace, austerity, and poverty.

Pope Francis, 76, who was elevated to cardinal in 2001 and is the first non-European pope in more than a thousand years, thanked the media for covering the papal conclave, but asked them to try to understand more the true nature of the Church, as well as its journey in the world.

“During the election, I was seated next to the Archbishop Emeritus of Sao Paolo and Prefect Emeritus of the Congregation for the Clergy, Cardinal Claudio Hummes: a good friend, a good friend! When things were looking dangerous, he encouraged me.” Pope Francis was quoted in English-translated statement.

“And when the votes reached two thirds, there was the usual applause, because the Pope had been elected. And he gave me a hug and a kiss, and said: “Don’t forget the poor!” And those words came to me: the poor, the poor. Then, right away, thinking of the poor, I thought of Francis of Assisi.” The pope added.

“For me, he is the man of poverty, the man of peace, the man who loves and protects creation; these days we do not have a very good relationship with creation, do we? He is the man who gives us this spirit of peace, the poor man. How I would like a Church which is poor and for the poor!” Pope Francis said further.

Earlier, the style of the new pope to live simple and humble was seen on his clothes, when he chose to use a white papacy suit rather than the red velvet cape that Benedict XVI used in 2005. Hours after he was announced as the new pope, Pope Francis returned to his hotel in Vatican and personally paid his own bill.

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