Pope Francis urges Catholics to ‘accept the marginalized’

In a homily delivered Sunday morning at St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City during a mass for newly appointed cardinals, Pope Francis called for Catholics to be open and welcoming under all circumstances.

Repeatedly, Francis denounced what he described as narrow-minded believers who cling to religious laws out of fear. He also warned against the hierarchical tendencies that create a “closed caste” and prevented Catholics from reaching out to those whom society and the church had rejected.

The Pope based his message around a story about Jesus healing a leper rather than rejecting him. READ MORE.


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