- Dec 14, 2019
Archbishop William D’Souza says Pope Francis’s “Church of the poor and for the poor is one hundred percent exemplified in the Archdiocese of Patna,” as it marks its 100th anniversary.
Facing what signatories call an “avalanche of consumerism,” 40 bishops pledged Sunday to assume a “happily sober lifestyle, simple and in solidarity with those who have little or nothing; to reduce the production of garbage and the use of plastics, favoring the production and commercialization of agro-ecological products; and using public transport whenever possible.”
One could make the argument that the Vatican II figure to whom Pope Francis is closest actually isn’t John XXIII but rather Cardinal Giacomo Lercaro of Bologna, Italy, the council’s leading apostle of the “option for the poor.”
An Argentine housekeeper perfectly illustrates what Pope Francis means when he talks about a “poor church for the poor.”