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2013-10-04

In the same place where St. Francis of Assisi stripped himself of his high end clothes, to symbolize his decision to live in poverty, Pope Francis asked Christians to strip themselves of worldliness, vanity and shallowness.   

POPE FRANCIS
"It's ridiculous that a Christian, a true Christian: a priest, a nun, a bishop, a cardinal, a Pope would follow a path of worldliness, which is a homicidal path. Spiritual worldliness kills! It kills the soul! It kills the person! It kills the Church!”

In order to avoid idolatry, the Pope said one must leave worldliness behind. He called out those people he referred to as "confectionery Christians.”

POPE FRANCIS
"'Can't we have a more human Christianism? Without the Cross, without Jesus, without stripping ourselves? If so, we become confectionery Christians, like decorated desserts. Pretty on the outside, but without Christian substance.”

He also toyed around with reports from several media outlets that expect the Pope to make a revolutionary announcement in Assisi. Pope Francis cleared up those rumors.

POPE FRANCIS
"They said: He will go and strip the Church there! Will strip the cardinals of their clothing, he will strip himself... This is a good opportunity to invite the Church to strip Herself. But we are all the Church! All of us! From the moment of Baptism, we are all the Church. And we must all follow the path of Jesus, whos path led Him to strip himself. And He became a servant.”

Pope Francis recalled the painful situation of the unemployed, the outcasts and victims of slavery. He also addressed the deadly wreck off of Lampedusa, where hundreds of immigrants died.

POPE FRANCIS
"Today is a day of weeping.”

Lastly, the Pope closed off his remarks by asking everyone for the courage to strip themselves of worldly temptations which he referred to as the "leprosy and cancer of society.”


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