1. Papal Priorities

    Pope Calls for Church Austerity

    Pope Francis arrives for a private audience to members of the media on March 16, 2013 at the Paul VI hall at the Vatican.  AFP PHOTO / ALBERTO PIZZOLI        (Photo credit should read ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images)

    Pope Francis before speaking with the media on Saturday. (Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty)

    Must be those Jesuit roots. On Saturday, Pope Francis gave his clearest indication yet that his papacy will be marked by a focus on austerity and social justice. “I would like a poor church, and for the poor,” he said offhand to a group of reporters. He had been explaining the origins of his papal name, which was inspired by St. Francis of Assisi, who was known for his peaceful nature and sympathy for the needy. His reign seems to be a shift from Benedict's inward-looking papacy, and he has already set a strong moral tone for what is to follow. Everyone, he said, should try to understand the church's “journey in the world” and, most of all, seek “truth, goodness, and beauty.”

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