Pope Francis has gotten a lot of attention from Catholics and non-Catholics alike for the statements he has made since becoming pope.
Below is a sampling of some of those statements:
In May, he told nuns from around the world that they must be spiritual mothers and not “old maids.”
In a passage inspired by the Gospel of Mark, Pope Francis said:
"The Lord has redeemed all of us, all of us, with the Blood of Christ: all of us, not just Catholics. Everyone! 'Father, the atheists?' Even the atheists. Everyone! And this Blood makes us children of God of the first class. We are created children in the likeness of God and the Blood of Christ has redeemed us all. And we all have a duty to do good. And this commandment for everyone to do good, I think, is a beautiful path towards peace. If we, each doing our own part, if we do good to others, if we meet there, doing good, and we go slowly, gently, little by little, we will make that culture of encounter: We need that so much. We must meet one another doing good. 'But I don't believe, Father, I am an atheist!' But do good: We will meet one another there."
In early July, he said, "It hurts me when I see a priest or a nun with the latest model car, you can't do this. A car is necessary to do a lot of work, but please, choose a more humble one. If you like the fancy one, just think about how many children are dying of hunger in the world.”
During World Youth Day in Brazil in July Pope Francis spoke with forceful words on the role of bishops, instructing them to lead without being authoritarian, to adopt "simplicity and austerity of life" and to care for their dioceses without ambitions for more prominent appointments.
"The bishop has to be among his people in three ways," the pope said. "In front of them, pointing the way; among them, keeping them together and preventing them from being scattered; and behind them, ensuring that no one is left behind, but also, and primarily, so that the flock itself can sniff out new paths."
During Mass on July 3 at Casa Santa Marta Francis explained why he has been so hands-on, so insistent on greeting the disabled, the poor, the refugee, and the prisoner.
"The body of your wounded brother, because he is hungry, because he is thirsty, because he is naked, because it is humiliated, because he is a slave, because he's in jail, because he is in the hospital. Those are the wounds of Jesus today,” he said.
Setting up charities to solve society’s problems is not enough, he said. Catholics and other believers have to get their hands dirty.
“We need to touch the wounds of Jesus, we must caress the wounds of Jesus, we need to bind the wounds of Jesus with tenderness, we have to kiss the wounds of Jesus, and this literally.”
On immigrants, Pope Francis sent a tweet in early July saying, "We pray for a heart which will embrace immigrants. God will judge us upon how we have treated the most needy.”
We pray for a heart which will embrace immigrants. God will judge us upon how we have treated the most needy.— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) July 08, 2013