Pope says wants 'poor Church and Church for the poor'

By REUTERS
March 16, 2013 13:33

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis, giving his clearest indication yet that he wants a more austere Catholic Church, said on Saturday that it should be poor and remember that its mission is to serve the poor.

The pope made his comments in an audience with journalists, explaining why he chose to take the name Francis, after St. Francis of Assisi, a symbol of peace, austerity and poverty.He called Francis "The man who gives us this spirit of peace, the poor man," and added "How I would like a poor Church, and for the poor."


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