Papal Trip to Brazil

Latin American liberation theologians, according to Rev. Thomas Reese, SJ, say the pope may not use the words liberation theology, ”but he certainly talks the talk: his concern for the poor, his desire to empower the poor to take responsibility and to be part of the community—this is very important for him. He doesn’t use the word liberation theology, but his message is very close to it.”

  • oyesalways

    The Pope is an impressive spiritual leader who takes to heart the words of Jesus as recorded in the Gospel of Luke, “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.” I am a Baha’i, and the founder of my faith wrote to the then pope, Pius IX, in the late 1800s. He criticized him for living in palaces and counselled him to relinquish the papal states and focus on spiritual ministry. “… abandon thy kingdom unto the kings, and emerge from thy habitation, with thy face set towards the Kingdom (of God)…” The papal states were lost to the church only a few years later, though popes continued to wear crowns up until 50 or 60 years ago. I so appreciate Pope Francis’ modesty and humility, and I pray he serves as a channel for the Holy Spirit to uplift the lives of many people both within the Catholic Church, and without.