Well known for speaking his mind, the Holy Father has often raised eyebrows and made tongues wag with his straight to the point and uncensored remarks
It's been two years since Pope Francis took the bold step of becoming the leader of the Catholic church.
Well known for speaking his mind, the Holy Father has often raised eyebrows and made tongues wag with his straight to the point and uncensored remarks.
As frank as his remarks are, the pope has so far tried to challenge people on their preconceived ideas on a number of topics, from homosexuality in the church to crisis in the Middle East.
Complied by Beliefnet, the following are the Pope’s top 10 most memorable quotes.
On Christian Love
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy’. But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” (Mt 5:43-44). Jesus asks those who would follow him to love those who do not deserve it, without expecting anything in return, and in this way to fill the emptiness present in human hearts, relationships, families, communities and in the entire world.” - Pope Francis, Homily, Holy Mass with New Cardinals, Feb. 24, 2014.
On Christian Charity
“Giving primacy to God means having the courage to say ‘no’ to evil, ‘no’ to violence, ‘no’ to oppression, to live a life in service of others and which fosters lawfulness and the common good. When a person discovers God, the true treasure, he abandons a selfish lifestyle and seeks to share with others the charity which comes from God. He who becomes a friend of God, loves his brothers and sisters, commits himself to safeguarding their life and their health, and also to respecting the environment and nature.” - Pope Francis, Homily, July 26, 2014.
“The time has come for religious leaders to cooperate more effectively in the work of healing wounds, resolving conflicts and pursuing peace. Peace is the sure sign of a commitment to the cause of God. Religious leaders are called to be men and women of peace. They are capable of fostering the culture of encounter and peace, when other options fail or falter. We must be peacemakers, and our communities must be schools of respect and dialogue with those of other ethnic or religious groups, places where we learn to overcome tensions, foster just and peaceful relations between peoples and social groups, and build a better future for coming generations.” – Pope Francis, Message of the Holy Father to the International Peace Meeting organized by the Community of Sant'Egidio, Aug. 26, 2014.
On the Family
“The family remains the basic unit of society and the first school in which children learn the human, spiritual and moral values which enable them to be a beacon of goodness, integrity and justice in our communities.” - Pope Francis, Meeting with lay apostolate in Korea, Aug. 16, 2014.
“There is no worse material poverty than one that does not allow for earning one’s bread and deprives one of the dignity of work. Youth unemployment, informality, and the lack of labor rights are not inevitable; they are the result of a previous social option, of an economic system that puts profit above man; if the profit is economic, to put it above humanity or above man, is the effect of a disposable culture that considers the human being in himself as a consumer good, which can be used and then discarded.” - Pope Francis, Address, to the World Meeting of Popular Movements Oct. 28, 2014
On Human Dignity
“Human dignity is the same for all human beings: when I trample on the dignity of another, I am trampling on my own.” - Pope Francis, Message for the Lenten Brotherhood Campaign in Brazil, Feb. 25, 2014.
On Discarding People
“Today children are disposed of because there is no food or because they are killed before being born – children are discarded. The elderly are disposed of, well, because they are useless, they do not produce, neither children nor the elderly produce; then, with more or less sophisticated systems they are slowly abandoned and now, as in this crisis it is necessary to recover some equilibrium, we are witnessing a third very painful discarding –the discarding of young people. Millions of young people… are discarded from work, are unemployed.” - Pope Francis, Address to World Meeting of Popular Movements, Oct. 28, 2014.
“Everyone is called, everyone is sent out… The call of God can reach us on the assembly line and in the office, in the supermarket and in the stairwell, i.e., in the places of everyday life.” - Pope Francis, Address to the Bishops of the Episcopal Conference Australia, Jan. 20, 2014
“War is madness. Whereas God carries forward the work of creation, and we men and women are called to participate in his work, war destroys. It also ruins the most beautiful work of his hands: human beings. War ruins everything, even the bonds between brothers. War is irrational; its only plan is to bring destruction: it seeks to grow by destroying (9/13/14 - Pope Francis, Military Memorial of the 100th Anniversary of the Outbreak of the First World War, Sept. 13, 2014
On Digital Technology
“How can we be ‘neighborly’ in our use of the communications media and in the new environment created by digital technology? I find an answer in the parable of the Good Samaritan, which is also a parable about communication. Those who communicate, in effect, become neighbors. The Good Samaritan not only draws nearer to the man he finds half dead on the side of the road; he takes responsibility for him. Jesus shifts our understanding: it is not just about seeing the other as someone like myself, but of the ability to make myself like the other. Communication is really about realizing that we are all human beings, children of God. I like seeing this power of communication as ‘neighborliness’.” - Pope Francis, Message for the 48th World Communications Day, Jan. 24, 2014