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175 Of Pope Francis' Most Inspiring Quotes

Famous As: Pope, Head of the Catholic church (Since 2013)
Born On: December 17, 1936
Born In: Flores, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Age: 85 Years
Born as Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Pope Francis is the 266th and present Pope of Roman Catholic Church. He holds this title ex officio as Bishop of Rome. Before starting his liturgical career he worked as a chemical technician and bight-club bouncer. It was in 1969 that he was ordained as a Catholic priest. After the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI in February 2013, the papal conclave elected Bergoglio as the new Pope. He opted to reside in the ‘Domus Sanctae Marthae’ guesthouse rather than papal apartments of the Apostolic Palace. He refused the traditional papal mozzetta cape upon his election and preferred his piscatory ring to be silver instead of gold. These actions have justified his persona of a simple clergyman working for the faith and people and not for fame and power. Pope Francis does not support Marxism and its versions of liberation theology and capitalism. He opposes consumerism, overdevelopment and supports actions on climate change. He helped to restore full diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba and made it to the political news. The Pope has spoken about several issues that are very close to his heart. His sppeches, thoughts, sayings and quotes encapsulate most of the issues that he wants to work on - humanity, uplifting poor and emphasizing the mercy of God. We have put together some of Pope Francis' thoughts and quotations that are sure to guide you in the hour of tide.
The media only writes about the sinners and the scandals, he said, but that's normal, because 'a tree that falls makes more noise than a forest that grows.

The media only writes about the sinners and the scandals, he said, but that's normal, because 'a tree that falls makes more noise than a forest that grows.

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Life is a journey. When we stop, things don't go right.

Life is a journey. When we stop, things don't go right.

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A little bit of mercy makes the world less cold and more just.

A little bit of mercy makes the world less cold and more just.

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I prefer a church which is bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out on the streets, rather than a church which is unhealthy from being confined and from clinging to its own security.

I prefer a church which is bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out on the streets, rather than a church which is unhealthy from being confined and from clinging to its own security.

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God never tires of forgiving us; we are the ones who tire of seeking his mercy.

God never tires of forgiving us; we are the ones who tire of seeking his mercy.

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No one can grow if he does not accept his smallness.

No one can grow if he does not accept his smallness.

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We all have the duty to do good.

We all have the duty to do good.

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Each of us has a vision of good and of evil. We have to encourage people to move towards what they think is good... Everyone has his own idea of good and evil and must choose to follow the good and fight evil as he conceives them. That would be enough to make the world a better place.

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Together with a culture of work, there must be a culture of leisure as gratification. To put it another way: people who work must take the time to relax, to be with their families, to enjoy themselves, read, listen to music, play a sport.

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We must restore hope to young people, help the old, be open to the future, spread love. Be poor among the poor. We need to include the excluded and preach peace.

We must restore hope to young people, help the old, be open to the future, spread love. Be poor among the poor. We need to include the excluded and preach peace.

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It is not 'progressive' to try to resolve problems by eliminating a human life.

It is not 'progressive' to try to resolve problems by eliminating a human life.

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How can it be that it is not a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure but it is news when the stock market loses two points?

How can it be that it is not a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure but it is news when the stock market loses two points?

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A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges is not Christian. This is not in the Gospel.

A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges is not Christian. This is not in the Gospel.

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This is important: to get to know people, listen, expand the circle of ideas. The world is crisscrossed by roads that come closer together and move apart, but the important thing is that they lead towards the Good.

This is important: to get to know people, listen, expand the circle of ideas. The world is crisscrossed by roads that come closer together and move apart, but the important thing is that they lead towards the Good.

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Find new ways to spread the word of God to every corner of the world.

Find new ways to spread the word of God to every corner of the world.

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I see clearly that the thing the church needs most today is the ability to heal wounds and to warm the hearts of the faithful; it needs nearness, proximity.

I see clearly that the thing the church needs most today is the ability to heal wounds and to warm the hearts of the faithful; it needs nearness, proximity.

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Situations can change; people can change. Be the first to seek to bring good. Do not grow accustomed to evil, but defeat it with good.

Situations can change; people can change. Be the first to seek to bring good. Do not grow accustomed to evil, but defeat it with good.

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If one has the answers to all the questions - that is the proof that God is not with him. It means that he is a false prophet using religion for himself. The great leaders of the people of God, like Moses, have always left room for doubt. You must leave room for the Lord, not for our certainties; we must be humble.

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This is the struggle of every person: be free or be a slave.

This is the struggle of every person: be free or be a slave.

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Living together is an art. It's a patient art, it's a beautiful art, it's fascinating.

Living together is an art. It's a patient art, it's a beautiful art, it's fascinating.

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It is true that going out on to the street implies the risk of accidents happening, as they would to any ordinary man or woman. But if the church stays wrapped up in itself, it will age. And if I had to choose between a wounded church that goes out on to the streets and a sick, withdrawn church, I would definitely choose the first one.

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Abortion isn't a lesser evil, it's a crime. Taking one life to save another, that's what the Mafia does. It's a crime. It's an absolute evil.

Abortion isn't a lesser evil, it's a crime. Taking one life to save another, that's what the Mafia does. It's a crime. It's an absolute evil.

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I am a sinner. This is the most accurate definition. It is not a figure of speech, a literary genre. I am a sinner.

I am a sinner. This is the most accurate definition. It is not a figure of speech, a literary genre. I am a sinner.

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God never gives someone a gift they are not capable of receiving. If he gives us the gift of Christmas, it is because we all have the ability to understand and receive it.

God never gives someone a gift they are not capable of receiving. If he gives us the gift of Christmas, it is because we all have the ability to understand and receive it.

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Christmas is joy, religious joy, an inner joy of light and peace.

Christmas is joy, religious joy, an inner joy of light and peace.

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The Church must be a place of mercy freely given, where everyone can feel welcomed, loved, forgiven, and encouraged to live the good life of the Gospel.

The Church must be a place of mercy freely given, where everyone can feel welcomed, loved, forgiven, and encouraged to live the good life of the Gospel.

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Idolatry, then, is always polytheism, an aimless passing from one lord to another. Idolatry does not offer a journey but rather a plethora of paths leading nowhere and forming a vast labyrinth.

Idolatry, then, is always polytheism, an aimless passing from one lord to another. Idolatry does not offer a journey but rather a plethora of paths leading nowhere and forming a vast labyrinth.

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Jesus teaches us another way: Go out. Go out and share your testimony, go out and interact with your brothers, go out and share, go out and ask. Become the Word in body as well as spirit.

Jesus teaches us another way: Go out. Go out and share your testimony, go out and interact with your brothers, go out and share, go out and ask. Become the Word in body as well as spirit.

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Instead of imposing new obligations, (Christians) should appear as people who wish to share their joy, who point to a horizon of beauty and who invite others to a delicious banquet.

Instead of imposing new obligations, (Christians) should appear as people who wish to share their joy, who point to a horizon of beauty and who invite others to a delicious banquet.

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God's image is the married couple, a man and woman, together. Not just the man. Not just the woman. No, both of them. That's God's image.

God's image is the married couple, a man and woman, together. Not just the man. Not just the woman. No, both of them. That's God's image.

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The Lord never tires of forgiving. It is we who tire of asking for forgiveness.

The Lord never tires of forgiving. It is we who tire of asking for forgiveness.

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An example I often use to illustrate the reality of vanity, is this: look at the peacock; it's beautiful if you look at it from the front. But if you look at it from behind, you discover the truth... Whoever gives in to such self-absorbed vanity has huge misery hiding inside them.

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I am always wary of decisions made hastily. I am always wary of the first decision, that is, the first thing that comes to my mind if I have to make a decision. This is usually the wrong thing. I have to wait and assess, looking deep into myself, taking the necessary time.

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Whenever we encounter another person in love, we learn something new about God.

Whenever we encounter another person in love, we learn something new about God.

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Where there is truth, there is also light, but don't confuse light with the flash.

Where there is truth, there is also light, but don't confuse light with the flash.

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Worshipping the Lord means giving Him the place that he must have; worshipping the Lord means stating, believing - not only by our words - that He alone truly guides our lives; worshipping the Lord means that we are convinced before Him that He is the only God, the God of our lives, the God of our history.

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He who doesn't pray to the Lord prays to the devil.

He who doesn't pray to the Lord prays to the devil.

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From my point of view, God is the light that illuminates the darkness, even if it does not dissolve it, and a spark of divine light is within each of us.

From my point of view, God is the light that illuminates the darkness, even if it does not dissolve it, and a spark of divine light is within each of us.

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Worshipping is stripping ourselves of our idols, even the most hidden ones, and choosing the Lord as the centre, as the highway of our lives.

Worshipping is stripping ourselves of our idols, even the most hidden ones, and choosing the Lord as the centre, as the highway of our lives.

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Indifference is dangerous, whether innocent or not.

Indifference is dangerous, whether innocent or not.

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Before all else, the Gospel invites us to respond to the God of love who saves us, to see God in others and to go forth from ourselves to seek the good of others.

Before all else, the Gospel invites us to respond to the God of love who saves us, to see God in others and to go forth from ourselves to seek the good of others.

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We don't have to expect everything from those who govern us; that would be juvenile.

We don't have to expect everything from those who govern us; that would be juvenile.

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Among us, who is above must be in service of the others. This doesn't mean we have to wash each other's feet every day, but we must help one another.

Among us, who is above must be in service of the others. This doesn't mean we have to wash each other's feet every day, but we must help one another.

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If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge? We shouldn't marginalise people for this. They must be integrated into society.

If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge? We shouldn't marginalise people for this. They must be integrated into society.

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You can, you must try to seek God in every human life. Although the life of a person is a land full of thorns and weeds, there is always a space in which the good seed can grow. You have to trust God.

You can, you must try to seek God in every human life. Although the life of a person is a land full of thorns and weeds, there is always a space in which the good seed can grow. You have to trust God.

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We are impatient, anxious to see the whole picture, but God lets us see things slowly, quietly.

We are impatient, anxious to see the whole picture, but God lets us see things slowly, quietly.

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Often it is better simply to slow down, to put aside our eagerness in order to see and listen to others, to stop rushing from one thing to another and to remain with someone who has faltered along the way.

Often it is better simply to slow down, to put aside our eagerness in order to see and listen to others, to stop rushing from one thing to another and to remain with someone who has faltered along the way.

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One who believes may not be presumptuous; on the contrary, truth leads to humility, because believers know that, rather than ourselves possessing truth, it is truth that embraces and possesses us.

One who believes may not be presumptuous; on the contrary, truth leads to humility, because believers know that, rather than ourselves possessing truth, it is truth that embraces and possesses us.

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Not to share one’s wealth with the poor is to steal from them and to take away their livelihood. It is not our own goods which we hold, but theirs. - St John Chrysostom

Not to share one’s wealth with the poor is to steal from them and to take away their livelihood. It is not our own goods which we hold, but theirs. - St John Chrysostom

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...I think that we succumb to attitudes that do not permit us to dialogue: domination, not knowing how to listen, annoyance in our speech, preconceived judgments and so many others.

...I think that we succumb to attitudes that do not permit us to dialogue: domination, not knowing how to listen, annoyance in our speech, preconceived judgments and so many others.

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I believe in God - not in a Catholic God; there is no Catholic God. There is God, and I believe in Jesus Christ, his incarnation. Jesus is my teacher and my pastor, but God, the Father, Abba, is the light and the Creator. This is my Being.

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Since many of you do not belong to the Catholic Church and others are non-believers, from the bottom of my heart I give this silent blessing to each and every one of you, respecting the conscience of each one of you but knowing that each one of you is a child of God.

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God always has patience.

God always has patience.

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If we start without confidence, we have already lost half the battle and we bury our talents.

If we start without confidence, we have already lost half the battle and we bury our talents.

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First of all, you ask me if the God of Christians forgives one who doesn't believe and doesn't seek the faith. Premise that - and it's the fundamental thing - the mercy of God has no limits if one turns to him with a sincere and contrite heart; the question for one who doesn't believe in God lies in obeying one's conscience.

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A church without women would be like the apostolic college without Mary. The Madonna is more important than the apostles, and the church herself is feminine, the spouse of Christ and a mother.

A church without women would be like the apostolic college without Mary. The Madonna is more important than the apostles, and the church herself is feminine, the spouse of Christ and a mother.

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Joy adapts and changes, but it always endures, even as a flicker of light born of our personal certainty that, when everything is said and done, we are infinitely loved.

Joy adapts and changes, but it always endures, even as a flicker of light born of our personal certainty that, when everything is said and done, we are infinitely loved.

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Our faith in Christ, who became poor, and was always close to the poor and the outcast, is the basis of our concern for the integral development of society’s most neglected members.

Our faith in Christ, who became poor, and was always close to the poor and the outcast, is the basis of our concern for the integral development of society’s most neglected members.

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The most important thing in the life of every man and every woman is not that they should never fall along the way. The important thing is always to get back up, not to stay on the ground licking your wounds.

The most important thing in the life of every man and every woman is not that they should never fall along the way. The important thing is always to get back up, not to stay on the ground licking your wounds.

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My choices, including those related to the day-to-day aspects of life, like the use of a modest car, are related to a spiritual discernment that responds to a need that arises from looking at things, at people and from reading the signs of the times. Discernment in the Lord guides me in my way of governing.

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The Lord has redeemed all of us, all of us, with the blood of Christ: all of us, not just Catholics. Everyone! 'Father, the atheists?' Even the atheists. Everyone!

The Lord has redeemed all of us, all of us, with the blood of Christ: all of us, not just Catholics. Everyone! 'Father, the atheists?' Even the atheists. Everyone!

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The root of this possibility of doing good - that we all have - is in creation.

The root of this possibility of doing good - that we all have - is in creation.

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Mercy will always be greater than any sin, no one can put a limit on the love of the all-forgiving God. Just

Mercy will always be greater than any sin, no one can put a limit on the love of the all-forgiving God. Just

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God makes Himself felt in the heart of each person. He also respects the culture of all people...God is open to all people. He calls everyone. He moves everyone to seek Him and to discover Him through creation.

God makes Himself felt in the heart of each person. He also respects the culture of all people...God is open to all people. He calls everyone. He moves everyone to seek Him and to discover Him through creation.

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See everything; turn a blind eye to much; correct a little.

See everything; turn a blind eye to much; correct a little.

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If our hearts are closed, if our hearts are made of stone, the stones find their way into our hands and we are ready to throw them.

If our hearts are closed, if our hearts are made of stone, the stones find their way into our hands and we are ready to throw them.

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The Roman Curia has its defects, but it seems to me that people often overemphasize its defects and talk too little about the health of the many religious and laypeople who work there.

The Roman Curia has its defects, but it seems to me that people often overemphasize its defects and talk too little about the health of the many religious and laypeople who work there.

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Since God created the world, He also created reality.

Since God created the world, He also created reality.

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We need to remember and remind ourselves where we come from, what we are, our nothingness.

We need to remember and remind ourselves where we come from, what we are, our nothingness.

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I have a dogmatic certainty: God is in every person's life. God is in everyone's life. Even if the life of a person has been a disaster, even if it is destroyed by vices, drugs or anything else - God is in this person's life. You can - you must - try to seek God in every human life.

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Religion has the right to express its opinion in the service of the people, but God in creation has set us free: it is not possible to interfere spiritually in the life of a person.

Religion has the right to express its opinion in the service of the people, but God in creation has set us free: it is not possible to interfere spiritually in the life of a person.

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Agape, the love of each one of us for the other, from the closest to the furthest, is in fact the only way that Jesus has given us to find the way of salvation and of the Beatitudes.

Agape, the love of each one of us for the other, from the closest to the furthest, is in fact the only way that Jesus has given us to find the way of salvation and of the Beatitudes.

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Human rights are not only violated by terrorism, repression or assassination, but also by unfair economic structures that creates huge inequalities.

Human rights are not only violated by terrorism, repression or assassination, but also by unfair economic structures that creates huge inequalities.

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Faith grows when it is lived and shaped by Love.

Faith grows when it is lived and shaped by Love.

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The Church does not exist to condemn people but to bring about an encounter with the visceral love of God’s mercy. I

The Church does not exist to condemn people but to bring about an encounter with the visceral love of God’s mercy. I

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Some people want to know why I wished to be called Francis. For me, Francis of Assisi is the man of poverty, the man of peace, the man who loves and protects creation.

Some people want to know why I wished to be called Francis. For me, Francis of Assisi is the man of poverty, the man of peace, the man who loves and protects creation.

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Truth is a relationship. As such, each one of us receives the truth and expresses it from within, that is to say, according to one's own circumstances, culture, and situation in life.

Truth is a relationship. As such, each one of us receives the truth and expresses it from within, that is to say, according to one's own circumstances, culture, and situation in life.

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Truth, according to the Christian faith, is God's love for us in Jesus Christ. Therefore, truth is a relationship.

Truth, according to the Christian faith, is God's love for us in Jesus Christ. Therefore, truth is a relationship.

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Even today we raise our hand against our brother... We have perfected our weapons, our conscience has fallen asleep, and we have sharpened our ideas to justify ourselves as if it were normal we continue to sow destruction, pain, death. Violence and war lead only to death.

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In Europe first and now in America, elected men have taken it upon themselves to indebt their people to create an atmosphere of dependency. And why? For their own selfish need to increase their own personal power.

In Europe first and now in America, elected men have taken it upon themselves to indebt their people to create an atmosphere of dependency. And why? For their own selfish need to increase their own personal power.

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A Christian who does not pray for those who govern is not a good Christian.

A Christian who does not pray for those who govern is not a good Christian.

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In the Church, and in the journey of faith, women have had and still have a special role in opening doors to the Lord.

In the Church, and in the journey of faith, women have had and still have a special role in opening doors to the Lord.

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I love tango, and I used to dance when I was young.

I love tango, and I used to dance when I was young.

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We have to work harder to develop a profound theology of women within the church. The feminine genius is needed wherever we make important decisions.

We have to work harder to develop a profound theology of women within the church. The feminine genius is needed wherever we make important decisions.

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I like it when someone tells me 'I don't agree.' This is a true collaborator. When they say 'Oh, how great, how great, how great,' that's not useful.

I like it when someone tells me 'I don't agree.' This is a true collaborator. When they say 'Oh, how great, how great, how great,' that's not useful.

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The Church is or should go back to being a community of God's people, and priests, pastors and bishops, who have the care of souls, are at the service of the people of God.

The Church is or should go back to being a community of God's people, and priests, pastors and bishops, who have the care of souls, are at the service of the people of God.

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Money has to serve, not to rule.

Money has to serve, not to rule.

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Wretched are those who are vindictive and spiteful.

Wretched are those who are vindictive and spiteful.

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Living our vocation to be protectors of God’s handiwork is essential to a life of virtue; it is not an optional or a secondary aspect of our Christian experience.

Living our vocation to be protectors of God’s handiwork is essential to a life of virtue; it is not an optional or a secondary aspect of our Christian experience.

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Ecumenical relations it is important not only to know each other better, but also to recognize what the Spirit has sown in the other as a gift for us.

Ecumenical relations it is important not only to know each other better, but also to recognize what the Spirit has sown in the other as a gift for us.

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Instead of being just a church that welcomes and receives by keeping the doors open, let us try also to be a church that finds new roads, that is able to step outside itself and go to those who do not attend Mass, to those who have quit or are indifferent.

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We cannot insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods. The teaching of the church is clear, and I am a son of the church, but it is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time.

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A person once asked me, in a provocative manner, if I approved of homosexuality. I replied with another question: 'Tell me: when God looks at a gay person, does he endorse the existence of this person with love, or reject and condemn this person?' We must always consider the person.

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In the Western Church to which I belong, priests cannot be married as in the Byzantine, Ukrainian, Russian or Greek Catholic Churches. In those churches, the priests can be married, but the bishops have to be celibate. They are very good priests.

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Perhaps I can say that I am a bit astute, that I can adapt to circumstances, but it is also true that I am a bit naive. Yes, but the best summary, the one that comes more from the inside and I feel most true is this: I am a sinner whom the Lord has looked upon.

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Every child that isn't born, but is unjustly condemned to be aborted, has the face of Jesus Christ, has the face of the Lord.

Every child that isn't born, but is unjustly condemned to be aborted, has the face of Jesus Christ, has the face of the Lord.

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If investments in banks fall, it is a tragedy, and people say, 'What are we going to do?' but if people die of hunger, have nothing to eat or suffer from poor health, that's nothing.

If investments in banks fall, it is a tragedy, and people say, 'What are we going to do?' but if people die of hunger, have nothing to eat or suffer from poor health, that's nothing.

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We must not reduce the bosom of the universal church to a nest protecting our mediocrity.

We must not reduce the bosom of the universal church to a nest protecting our mediocrity.

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Proselytism is solemn nonsense; it makes no sense. We need to get to know each other, listen to each other and improve our knowledge of the world around us.

Proselytism is solemn nonsense; it makes no sense. We need to get to know each other, listen to each other and improve our knowledge of the world around us.

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The Pope loves everyone, rich and poor alike, but the Pope has the duty, in Christ's name, to remind the rich to help the poor, to respect them, to promote them.

The Pope loves everyone, rich and poor alike, but the Pope has the duty, in Christ's name, to remind the rich to help the poor, to respect them, to promote them.

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Human self-understanding changes with time, and so also human consciousness deepens.

Human self-understanding changes with time, and so also human consciousness deepens.

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Where there is no work, there is no dignity.

Where there is no work, there is no dignity.

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