Category Archives: Pope Francis

Pope Francis and “The Joy of the Gospel”

Here’s my preview on the two videos below….

  • There is an urgency , an immediacy of love, that fills our heart every time we encounter Jesus Christ and the Good News.
  • Perhaps the most important aspect of being a Christian is our sense of mission, the sense that we are called to be active participants in our faith.
  • We can get lost, as a Church, if we remain too focused on moral or liturgical matters.
  • Likewise, we need to stop quarreling with ourselves and others.  Infighting and bickering  turn good people away from God.
  • Doing ‘good’ is contagious.  If you are joyful, others will see that joy, and you will change their hearts. If every Christian were filled with joy, (i.e. — Christ in our heart!), and not arguing constantly with the world, we really would be a more evangelical people.

What’s your take-away?…..

David Gibson on Pope Francis

Pope Francis’ comments this week on everything from gays to abortion (less talk, more mercy), the hierarchy (be pastors, not bureaucrats) and religious faith (doubt is part of belief) continue to reverberate through the church and the media.

Here are five broader insights that this wide-ranging interview revealed about Francis — and why they will be keys to reading his pontificate, and perhaps the future of Catholicism…

David Gibson is an award-winning religion journalist, author and filmmaker. He is a national reporter for RNS and has written two books on Catholic topics, the latest a biography of Pope Benedict XVI.