Huffington Post reports that Pope Francis is making the world sit up and take notice with his bold statements and radical shift in tone, and people can't stop talking about him. In fact, he's the most talked-about person of 2013, according to a recent survey by Global Language Monitor.
The Francis Chronicles
All human beings have a profound need to have a witness to their lives. We want someone to notice us, to say we matter, to hear our cries of pain and shouts of joy. We want, in our deepest core, to be known. I would argue that even introverts and recluses have this need and might even suffer more acutely than others because of its lack.
With baptism, Christians are cleansed of sin, but the sacrament doesn't wash away human weakness nor the obligation to ask forgiveness when they make mistakes, Pope Francis said.
God's hands are never used for violence, Pope Francis said.
"I can't imagine God slapping us," the pope said. "Scolding us, yes, that I see, because he does do that, but he never, ever hurts us."
God shows love and tenderness, "even when he must scold us; he does it with a caress because he is (our) father," the pope said in his homily Nov. 12 during his morning Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae.
Pope Francis has greeted hundreds of people in wheelchairs one-by-one — part of a special gathering in which
Despite the perks and high living they may bring, bribery, corruption and dishonest work are serious sins that rob people and their children of their dignity, Pope Francis said.
"Devotees of the goddess of kickbacks" bring home "dirty bread" for their children to eat, the pope said Nov. 8 during his early morning Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae, where he lives.
A series of photos of Pope Francis embracing a man with neurofibromatosis (a condition long associated with the 'Elephant Man' Joseph Carey Merrick) has captured the imagine of a global audience.
Being on God's "guest list" is not enough for salvation; a person must respond to the offer of faith and actively participate in the life of the church, Pope Francis said.
Being a Christian means accepting God's invitation to believe in Jesus and to celebrate with the whole church the joy of being saved, the pope said Tuesday during his early morning Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae, where he lives.