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Pope Francis says wants "poor Church and Church for the poor"

VATICAN CITY, March 16 : Pope Francis, giving his clearest indication yet that he wants a more austere Catholic Church, said on Saturday that it should be poor and remember that its mission is to serve the poor.

The pope made his comments in an audience with journalists, explaining why he chose to take the name Francis, after St. Francis of Assisi, a symbol of peace, austerity and poverty.


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He called Francis "The man who gives us this spirit of peace, the poor man," and added "How I would like a poor Church, and for the poor".

Since his shock election on Wednesday, the pope has made clear that he would be introducing a different style to the papacy following the resignation of Pope Benedict last month.

On the night he was elected he shunned the papal limousine and travelled on a bus with other cardinals who had elected him.

The next day he returned to the Church-run hotel where he had been staying before the conclave and insisted on paying the bill.

In other parts of his Italian address, much of it unscripted, he said that Catholics should remember that Jesus is the centre of the Church and not the pope.

Francis is taking the helm of the 1.2 billion-member Church at a time of crisis over the worldwide sexual abuse scandal as well as scandals involving intrigue and alleged corruption in the Vatican bureaucracy.

He said the Church, like any institution, had "virtues and sins" and urged journalists to focus on "truth, goodness and beauty" in the course of their work.

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diandra, malpe/mumbai Mon, March-18-2013, 2:32
after there is a strong reason why he took the name francis after St. Francis of Assisi, a symbol of peace, austerity and poverty. hope the world gets his message and his purpose is fulfilled.
A. S. Mathew, U.S.A. Sun, March-17-2013, 8:12
JESUS gave us strong and clear warning against the blighting and murderous sins of omission. At the day of judgment, no theological question will be asked but the sins of omission will be the questions. The practical outworking of faith must be practiced in this world as a preparation for the world to come. We need fewer words and more charitable works; less palaver but more pity; less repetition of the same old creed but the application of more compassion. That should be the main purpose and focus of the Christian Church; the body of CHRIST, composed of believers of all denominations.
A. S. Mathew, U.S.A. Sat, March-16-2013, 3:07
The POPE said " the Catholics should remember that JESUS is the centre of the Church and not the POPE". Thank GOD, this POPE will make the Church as a CHRIST-centered Church, a totally new spiritual revolution. The Church, which is the body of believers and JESUS CHRIST is the head of the Church, but sometimes we will be forced to wonder by the pageantry of the Churches representing the vast majority of the various Christian denominations, whether the Church is the body of CHRIST? The Church has a commission to take care of the suffering world by curtailing all worldly lavishness.
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