As readers of my blog will know, it is rare that I post anything written by a public figure without a line by line, and even word by word, analysis.
I will make an exception today however.
You will find below the text of the Holy Father’s talk with the media yesterday in Rome. It is well worth a thorough read, and especially the section where Pope Francis explained why he took that name. It seems that this will be his mission statement as Pontiff.
Already a very different tone has been struck by him, as detailed in the linked piece by David Willey, the BBC’s Rome correspondent.
The almost universal welcome for this new approach should not be taken by people as the Church (which is of course its people) rejecting the principles of Pope Benedict. Francis’ predecessor spoke of stepping down because he no longer had the health and vigour to carry out his task. Pope Francis has arrived on the scene full of energy, physical and spiritual, and, in only his first few days, has shown how wise Benedict’s decision was. Continue reading