Who is this Cardinal Bergoglio? Who will he become, this Pope Francis? My prayer is for a shepherd whose agenda is the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Nothing more. Nothing less. Here are some past words from Cardinal Bergoglio and now Pope Francesco. *

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“The unjust distribution of goods persists, creating a situation of social sin that cries out to Heaven and limits the possibilities of a fuller life for so many of our brothers [and sisters].”

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“Only someone who has encountered mercy, who has been caressed by the tenderness of mercy, is happy and comfortable with the Lord.”

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“We live in the most unequal part of the world, which has grown the most yet reduced misery the least.”

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“We have to avoid the spiritual sickness of a self-referential church. . . It’s true that when you get out into the street, as happens to every man and woman, there can be accidents. However, if the church remains closed in on itself, self-referential, it gets old. Between a church that suffers accidents in the street, and a church that is sick because it is self-referential, I have no doubts about preferring the former.”

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“[The Ten Commandments and the Beatitudes] is the way of Jesus. . . to trample upon the dignity of a woman, a man, a child, an elderly person, is a grave sin that cries out to heaven.”

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“And now, as we take up this journey: Bishop and People . . . Let us always pray for one another. Let us pray for the whole world, that there may be a great spirit of fraternity . . . first I ask a favour of you: before the Bishop blesses his people, I ask you to pray to the Lord that he will bless me: the prayer of the people asking the blessing for their Bishop.”

being blessed* Quotations from: http://ncronline.org/blogs/ncr-today/papabile-day-men-who-could-be-pope-13 and http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/13/pope-francis-i-first-address-full-text_n_2869157.html?utm_hp_ref=religion

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