Pope Francis has many ways to talk to the world, including his @Pontifex Twitter account with 13 million followers. His speeches, homilies, teachings, messages and, recently, his encyclical on climate change are filled with evidence of his thinking on crucial issues of our time.
Here are great quotes from Pope Francis:
Dear young people, do not bury your talents, the gifts that God has given you. Do not be afraid to dream of great things!
Hatred is not to be carried in the name of God. War is not to be waged in the name of God.
I see clearly that the thing the Church needs most today is the ability to heal wounds and to warm the hearts of the faithful. I see the Church as a field hospital after battle.
The world tells us to seek success, power and money; God tells us to seek humility, service and love.
The family is where we are formed as people. Every family is a brick in the building of society.
Women in the Church are more important than Bishops and Priests. A church without women would be like the apostolic college without Mary. The Madonna is more important than the apostles.
I prefer a church which is bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out on the streets, rather than a church which is unhealthy from being confined and from clinging to its own security.
Instead of being just a Church that welcomes and receives by keeping the doors open, let’s try also to be a Church that finds new roads… to those who have quit or are indifferent.
The ‘Big Bang,’ that today is considered to be the origin of the world, does not contradict the creative intervention of God. On the contrary, it requires it.
Today, the news is scandals; that is news, but the many children who don't have food - that's not news. This is grave. We can't rest easy while things are this way. If a computer breaks, it is a tragedy, but poverty, the needs and dramas of so many people end up being considered normal.
We all have the duty to do good.