The latest Time magazine (Jul 29, 2013) has a well-timed article titled: “A Pope for the Poor: Will Francis’ Personal Humility and Focus on Poverty Help Revive the Church’s Fortunes on His Home Continent?” But the title is much too limiting. It is clear, the Pope wants to relieve poverty worldwide.
The principal theme of this website–“Tired Road Warrior”–is “Social Justice.” And we have noted in a past blog entry the new direction that the Catholic is apparently taking and how other religions–like Mormonism–should follow along. This is a great opportunity for ecumenticalism.
The Time article, written by Howard Chua-Eoan, praises the new Pope’s efforts:
A Pope for the forgotten; a Pope for the godforsaken. And not just among Catholics: Anglicans are thinking of a compact of churches to fight poverty, and evangelicals see Francis as a Pontiff they can deal with.
Recently, Pope Francis visited the forlorn island of Lampedusa, located off the coast of Italy:
where he preached to, among others, Muslims migrants who had braved the Mediterranean reaching for a better life. An estimated 8,000 people entered Europe through Italy in the first six months of this year. From 1994 to 2012, more than 6,000 other died in the attempt. “Who wept for these people who were aboard the boat?” Francis asked in his homily. “For the young mothers who brought their babies? For these men who wanted to support their families? . . . We are a society that has forgotten how to cry.”
Francis’ pushing forward an agenda aimed at improving the lot of the world’s poor has helped return to the Catholic Church–and hopefully other religions as well–to its ancient strength: the pursuit of social justice.