Pope Francis is a revolutionary. The revolution he proposes, however, is not a matter of economic or political prescription, but a revolution in the self-understanding of the Catholic Church: a re-energizing return to the pentecostal fervor and evangelical passion from which the church was born two millennia ago, and a summons to mission that accelerates the great historical transition from institutional-maintenance Catholicism to the Church of the New Evangelization. George Weigel
Pope Francis s groundbreaking new documentAmoris Laetitia
(The Joy of Love)asks the Church to meet people where they are, to consider the complexities of people s lives, and to respect people s consciences when it comes to moral decisions. The apostolic exhortation is mainly a document that reflects on family life and encourages families. But it is also the pope s reminder that the Church should avoid simply judging people and imposing rules on them without considering their struggles. Rev. James Martin, S.J. Laudato Si'
is an earthquake. . . . (It) seems destined to go down as a major turning point, the moment when environmentalism claimed pride of place on par with the dignity of human life and economic justice as a cornerstone of Catholic social teaching. It also immediately makes the Catholic Church arguably the leading moral voice in the press to combat global warming and the consequences of climate change." John L. Allen Jr.
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Pope Francis was born Jorge Mario Bergoglio in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He was ordained a priest in 1969, became archbishop of Buenos Aires in 1998, and was made a cardinal by Pope John Paul II in 2001. Bergoglio was elected the 266th pope of the Roman Catholic Church by the College of Cardinals on March 13, 2013, when he took the name Francis for St. Francis of Assisi. He is the first Jesuit pope, the first pope from the Americas, and the first non-European pope in more than twelve centuries.