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Pope: "I want a mess!"

I think something may have gotten a tad lost in translation, but we know what he means. According to HuffPost, Pope Francis told a group of Argentine pilgrims to World Youth Day:

"I want to tell you something. What is it that I expect as a consequence of World Youth Day? I want a mess. We knew that in Rio there would be great disorder, but I want trouble in the dioceses!" he said, speaking off the cuff in his native Spanish. "I want to see the church get closer to the people. I want to get rid of clericalism, the mundane, this closing ourselves off within ourselves, in our parishes, schools or structures. Because these need to get out!"

If, upon returning to Rome, Papa Francesco needs a list of candidates for the episcopacy who could help make this happen, I have a little list!

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