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Francis at Easter: transformation, world peace

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 In his first Urbi et Orbi message of his pontificate this Easter Sunday, Pope Francis, echoing the words of his namesake, invited people of all ages, from all walks of life to “ask the risen Jesus, who turns death into life, to change hatred into love, vengeance into forgiveness, war into peace”.

His Easter message stressed the need for transformation in the world, especially the need to end warfare and build peace.

Francis feet washing sends signals across the world

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In yet another rich use of symbols, an emerging preaching pattern of Pope Francis’ pontificate, he included women and Muslims in one of the most important liturgical celebrations in the Catholic calendar year.

Kneeling at the feet of 12 juvenile inmates in a Rome detention center, he washed and kissed their feet.  The group included two women and two Muslims and ranged in age from 14 to 21.

Francis’ calls to humility and service have been two hallmarks in is young pontificate.

Bergoglio criticized church leadership before conclave

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More evidence today the church’s cardinals knew what they were going to get when they elected Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio as pope, as a serious reformer. There is a report this morning, through Cuba’s Cardinal Jaime Ortega, that Bergoglio offered strong criticism of church leadership and direction before the cardinals elected him the new pontiff.

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