Pope Francis. 15 Good Points to Counter the 15 Illnesses of the Roman Curia

Pope Francis. 15 Good Points to Counter the 15 Illnesses of the Roman Curia
Isabel del Rio

Pope Francis rocks! At his Christmas address to the cardinals and priests who run the Roman Curia, Pope Francis said they were prone to 15 ‘illnesses,’ ranging from hypocrisy to spiritual Alzheimer.

Pope Francis. 15 Good Points to Counter the 15 Illnesses of the Roman Curia

Pope Francis. Photo attribution Jeffrey Bruno on Flickr

Today and following his speech, 15 good points of Pope Francis to counter the 15 illnesses of the Roman Curia:

1.- His struggle for social justice and equality: “Human rights are not only violated by terrorism, repression or assassination, but also by unfair economic structures that creates huge inequalities.”

2.- He is an optimistic person who speaks about happiness: “Christmas is joy, religious joy, an inner joy of light and peace.”

3.- He is grateful: “A little bit of mercy makes the world less cold and more just.”

4.- He is tolerant: “Each of us has a vision of good and of evil. We have to encourage people to move towards what they think is good… Everyone has his own idea of good and evil and must choose to follow the good and fight evil as he conceives them. That would be enough to make the world a better place.”

5.- Pope Francis is a tireless worker: “Life is a journey. When we stop, things don’t go right.”

Pope Francis. 15 Good Points to Counter the 15 Illnesses of the Roman Curia

President Barack Obama with Pope Francis at the Vatican, March 27, 2014. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

6.- And very sincere: “We cannot insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods. The teaching of the church is clear, and I am a son of the church, but it is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time.”

7.- He loves innovation: Find new ways to spread the word of God to every corner of the world.

8.- He likes teamwork: “I like it when someone tells me ‘I don’t agree.’ This is a true collaborator. When they say ‘Oh, how great, how great, how great,’ that’s not useful.”

9.- And women’s work: “In the Church, and in the journey of faith, women have had and still have a special role in opening doors to the Lord.”

10.- He is the opposite of a dull and prim man: “I love tango, and I used to dance when I was young.”

11.- He speaks of compassion: “The Son of God became incarnate in the souls of men to instill the feeling of brotherhood. All are brothers and all children of God.”
12.- And generosity: “You cannot be in a position of power and destroy the life of another person.”

13.- He is realistic: “Since God created the world, He also created reality.”

14.- In fact, very realistic: “Where there is no work, there is no dignity.”

15.- And absolutely clear: “The people of God want pastors, not clergy acting like bureaucrats or government officials.”

On Christmas day, tell us your opinion about Pope Francis. I think he is different and superb!

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Isabel del Rio

Managing Editor at Yareah® Magazine. Author of ‘Ariza’ (2008) and ‘The Girls of Oil’ (2010)

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