Yesterday (March 19) marked the second anniversary of the inauguration of Pope Francis, who in his first two years as pontiff, has stayed true to his Jesuit roots and brought a fresh sense of humility and empathy to the Roman Catholic Church, the Yahoo News website reports today (March 20, 2015).
As spiritual leader of some 1.2 billion Catholics worldwide, Pope Francis has urged people to look after the poor and the marginalized. Right from the start, he wished for a "poor church for the poor."
The former Archbishop of Buenos Aires practices what he preaches. He lives simply. He refuses to ride in the bulletproof limo as popes have in the past, he eats in the cafeteria with Vatican workers, and he lives in a modest apartment in the Vatican guesthouse instead of the papal palace.
Unlike the vast majority of popes, he has challenged the status quo of the church by speaking openly about taboo topics and providing a more progressive perspective. Although no specific doctrine has changed, people feel he brings a more inclusive attitude to the church. Pope Francis made waves when he was asked about homosexuality in the church and responded, "If someone is gay and searches for the Lord and has goodwill, who am I to judge?"