Quotes of Pope Francis from his first year

Tue Mar 11, 2014 11:45am EDT
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VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Thursday marks the first anniversary of the election of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina as Pope Francis, the first non-European pontiff in 1,300 years.

Below are some memorable quotes from the pontiff, arranged in chronological order.


-"You know that the duty of the conclave was to give a bishop to Rome. It seems that my brother cardinals went almost to the end of the world to get him. But here we are," - March 13, 2013, in some of his first words to the world after his election.

-"He who does not pray to the Lord prays to the devil. When we don't proclaim Jesus Christ, we proclaim the worldliness of the devil, the worldliness of the demon." - March 14, in his first Mass after his election.

-"Oh, how I would like a poor Church, and for the poor." - March 16, in an address to journalists.

- "Let us look around: how many wounds are inflicted upon humanity by evil! Wars, violence, economic conflicts that hit the weakest, greed for money, power, corruption, divisions, crimes against human life and against creation." - March 24, in a Palm Sunday homily.

-"We need to go out, then, in order to experience our own anointing (as priests)...to the outskirts where there is suffering, bloodshed, blindness that longs for sight, and prisoners in thrall to many evil masters." - March 28, in a homily to priests on their mission.

-"Living on 38 euros ($50) a month - that was the pay of these people who died. That is called slave labor." - May 1, in a homily reflecting on the victims of the Bangladesh factory collapse that killed more than 1,100 people.   Continued...