Francis urges leaders to shun ‘destruction’

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Pope Francis celebrates his inaugural Mass in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican, Tuesday, March 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

VATICAN CITY—Pope Francis on Tuesday vowed to embrace the world’s most vulnerable and called on economic and political leaders to shun “destruction” at his inaugural mass in St. Peter’s Square.

The pope must “open his arms to protect all of God’s people and embrace with tender affection the whole of humanity, especially the poorest, the weakest, the least important,” Francis said.

“He must be inspired by lowly, concrete and faithful service,” said Francis, the first Jesuit pope and the first from Latin America.

“I would like to ask all those who have positions of responsibility in economic, political and social life … Let us not allow omens of destruction and death to accompany the advance of this world!” he added.

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  • tarikan

    Okay Pope Francis with all due respect, can you intercede with God that He must stop the internecine war in our Lord’s hometown of Israel/Palestine. Or in wars in various parts of the world for that matter. The Vatican has been saying on every occasion “Peace on earth” especially during new year’s message but, I think, to no avail. What happened, God’s not listening? Keep on praying…until exhaustion? We need to see some results naman.

  • ApoLapullapu

    “Shun the omens of destruction.” The message is clear.

    • buttones

      Not that clear- and what are these ‘omens’ pray tell?

  • buttones

    The pope must “open his arms to protect all of
    God’s people and embrace with tender affection the whole of humanity,
    especially the poorest, the weakest, the least important,” Francis said.

    So, the new Pope advocates the poor and the weak
    are not that important- Thanks for that…

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