(RNS) On two issues, Francis himself may have provided some answers during this visit.
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NEW YORK (RNS) The arena famous for boxing matches and rock concerts was turned into a hushed cathedral, as Francis exhorted listeners to go out and accompany those who are rejected and lost in the “deafening anonymity” of the great metropolis.
NEW YORK (RNS) He told world leaders that economic and social exclusion denies human fraternity, offends human rights and the environment with a “culture of waste.”
(RNS) Francis carefully laid out a vision of political cooperation for the common good — one that highlighted economic injustice as a chief threat to family life and stressed the moral imperative to care for the environment.
WASHINGTON (RNS) But in his homily at the Mass, the first on his historic visit to the U.S., the pontiff made scant mention of the new saint. He instead blasted the church’s “frozen elites” and said Catholics need to get out of their comfort zones and serve others.
WASHINGTON (RNS) In a personal and powerful talk, Francis gave the American bishops a new set of marching orders, away from the tempting path of culture warriors and toward an “inclusive” approach that stresses dialogue.
(RNS) There have been other attempts to reorganize the Curia, but many have resisted efforts to reform the papal bureaucracy; they know that popes come and go, but the Vatican civil service remains.
WASHINGTON (RNS) In his first remarks on American soil, Pope Francis told President Obama and a huge crowd at the White House that the U.S. must safeguard religious freedom and stressed the “urgency” of battling global warming.
(RNS) Francis is a force to be reckoned with. It’s just that no one is sure exactly how, or whether, the reckoning will happen, or what effect it could have. But everyone is scrambling to try to keep ahead of an unpredictable pontiff.