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A true man of the people…. Pope Francis and a “Culture of Encounter”

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Pope Francis washes the feet of a prisoner at the Casal Del Marmo Youth Detention Centre during the mass of the Lord’s Supper on Thursday in Rome.

Some of the extremely humanistic things this man has said already in his short time in office:

We all are redeemed

During his homily at Wednesday Mass in Rome, Francis emphasized the importance of “doing good” as a principle that unites all humanity, and a “culture of encounter” to support peace.

Using scripture from the Gospel of Mark, Francis explained how upset Jesus’ disciples were that someone outside their group was doing good, according to a report from Vatican Radio.

“They complain,” the Pope said in his homily, because they say, “If he is not one of us, he cannot do good. If he is not of our party, he cannot do good.” And Jesus corrects them: “Do not hinder him, he says, let him do good.” The disciples, Pope Francis explains, “were a little intolerant,” closed off by the idea of ​​possessing the truth, convinced that “those who do not have the truth, cannot do good.” “This was wrong . . . Jesus broadens the horizon.” Pope Francis said, “The root of this possibility of doing good – that we all have – is in creation”.

Social Justice over Selfish Profit

On May 1 — International Workers’ Day — the pope referred directly to the collapse of a garment factory in Bangladesh that killed more than 1,000 people. He expressed anger at their $50 monthly wages.

“This is slave labor,” he said.

“And I think of so many people who are jobless, often due to a purely bottom-line view of society, which seeks selfish profit without regard for social justice,” he continued.

On Saturday, the pope zeroed in on the financial system.

“If investments and banks plunge, this is a tragedy,” he said. “But if families are hurting, this is nothing.”

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