Pope Francis: the coolest Pope ever

 

Pope Francis waves to crowds as he arrives to his inauguration mass on 19 March 2013.Image from http://ynaija.com/politico/must-reads-cool-pope-francis-declares-big-bang-theory-and-evolution-are-real-nasa-rocket-explodes-after-liftoff-more/

Hindi na mapagkakaila na popular si Pope Francis inside and outside Catholic circles.

Kamakailan lamang, umamin si Pope Francis na nagawa na rin daw niyang makapagnakaw. Speaking before the priests in Rome, he told them that he tore off the cross from the rosary of his confessor, who lay dead in his coffin. Sourced from: Vatican Radyo March 7, 2014

Ginawa daw niya ito in the hope that he will be as merciful and compassionate as the esteemed priest: “Give me half your mercy,” the Pope told his confessor. Pope Francis still keeps the cross under his cassock to remind him to be merciful to the people he encounters.

Binansagang “The Coolest Pope Ever”, naging kilala si Pope Francis sa pagiging down-to-earth, open-minded, at nakikisabay sa agos ng panahon.

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Natangi ang kanyang abilidad na himukin ang mga nanlalamig ang pananampalataya na bumalik sa simbahan. Maski na ang mga non-believers ay nausig na i-consider ang teachings ng Catholic Church. This led many to call this phenomenon the “Francis Effect.”

Hopefully, hindi maging misguided ang mainit na pagtanggap ng mundo kay Pope Francis.

Very early sa kanyang pontificate, pundits have described Pope Francis as a maverick, a revolutionary, and a reformer.

His removal or reassignment of Church officials who are perceived to be blocking his path to reform is also viewed as part of the grand plan to revolutionize the Church.

Even the LGBT community has found a champion in the Pope, after his “Who am I to judge [them]?” na remark.

Dagdag pa rito ang pagsuporta niya sa mga scientific theories. The Pope argued: “The Big Bang, that is placed today at the origin of the world, does not contradict the divine intervention but exacts it. The evolution in nature is not opposed to the notion of Creation, because evolution presupposes the creation of beings that evolve.”

Pero isang reminder: although the Pope may seem to be leaning towards the left, based on his appointments and decisions thus far, he is not likely to make major deviations from Catholic teachings.

In a widely-read interview in the Jesuit magazine Civiltà Cattolica, the Pope emphasized that he cannot change Catholic doctrine with regard to such critical issues.

“The teaching of the church, for that matter, is clear and I am a son of the church, but it is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time.”

As faithful sons and daughters of the Church, we should take his word for it.

 

 

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