Oct 3, 2013 / 02:02 am
Pope Francis’ papacy has been marked by a distinct emphasis on the poor and a unique ability to convey God’s tenderness, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia said Oct. 1 at the seminary of his archdiocese.
“Anyone hoping for – or worried about – a break by Pope Francis from Catholic teaching on matters of substance is going to be mistaken,” the archbishop said at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia.
“At the same time, the tone of this pontificate will certainly be distinct from anything in the past century.”
His address was part of the Philadelphia archdiocese’s Year of Faith lecture series.
Archbishop Chaput particularly noted how the Pope has attracted the attention of so many people.
“The reason the world has paused for Pope Francis – if only for a little while – is that so many people sense in him something more than himself; not just God’s truth and God’s justice, but God’s tenderness.”
He said that Pope Francis is shaped by “the global south” and by “the poor who inhabit it.”
“God will guide his Church. And God will fill this holy man who is our Pope with the wisdom to lead us well.” …
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