Thursday marks 100 days of Pope Francis' papacy, and so far, it's by no means a departure from business as usual.
NCR Today: The pope didn't mince words in responding to the agenda of the latest G8 meetings, which began Monday.
How inclusive is the Catholic church?
This debate has been going on for centuries. We are all the children of God, the inclusivists maintain. Jesus set an inclusive example; his message was inclusive. He died so all can be saved, the inclusivists say.
NCR Today: The reports in the air today are based on leaked notes from a meeting with Francis, so we don't actually know what the pope said.
John L. Allen Jr.: Pope Francis tends to speak off the cuff, giving highly personal reflections that are open to different interpretations.
Catholics on the front lines of social justice are delighted that Pope Francis spends so much energy talking about and visiting the poor.
One of themes Pope Francis repeatedly returns to in his talks and spiritual reflections is the idea of solidarity – a global solidarity, rich and poor, stemming from the recognition of being children of God. He sees the church as the instrument of building this recognition and then drawing humanity together.
This recognition, he insists, is not without responsibility. We are all required to live in solidarity with each other, rich and poor. This means caring for each other. Those with resources have a particular responsibility to “feed” those without such resources.
Pope Francis’ daily homilies, delivered without notes at the morning mass he celebrates in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae inside the Vatican, have drawn worldwide interest. His reflections on the daily readings are repeatedly cited in news stories and blogs. Often simple, but piercing in character, they speak as much to gospel lessons as to the man who articulates them.
Pope Francis, speaking at an economic forum, links widespread unemployment with a global economic system that does not consider solidarity an important consideration.
“We understand reality better not from the center, but from the outskirts,” Pope Francis said to thousands of persons awaiting him Sunday at the parish of Sts. Elizabeth and Zechariah in the Prima Porta neighborhood on the northern outskirts of Rome.
Upon arriving, Francis greeted the families with children who had been baptized during the year and also heard several confessions, according to a Vatican statement.