- “Let no one consider themselves to be the ‘armor’ of God while planning and carrying out acts of violence and oppression!” Pope Francis said.
- The Pope Gave This Man A Promotion And He Could Dramatically Change The Focus Of The Catholic Church
Jack Jenkins, Think Progress <http://thinkprogress.org>
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September 22, 2014 | Pope Francis had some harsh words for religious extremists this weekend, voicing his strongest condemnation yet for those who use religion to justify violence.
Speaking on Sunday to an audience that included the President, governmental authorities, and diplomatic corps of Albania, where he is spending a one-day apostolic visit, the first Argentinean pope directly addressed the growing issue of religious violence. Francis first praised the “climate of respect” in Albania — which is a Muslim-majority country — between Muslims, Catholics, and Orthodox Christians, saying the culture of tolerance was a “precious gift.” He then expressed firm criticism for those who cite faith as grounds for killing of others.
Jack Jenkins is the Senior Religion Reporter for ThinkProgress. He was previously the Senior Writer and Researcher for the Faith and Progressive Policy Initiative at the Center for American Progress, and worked as a reporter and blogger for the Religion News Service. His stories and analysis have appeared in the Washington Post, Huffington Post, Real Clear Politics, National Catholic Reporter, and Christian Century.
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The Pope Gave This Man A Promotion And He Could Dramatically Change The Focus Of The Catholic Church, Jack Jenkins, Think Progress
Cupich — and possibly others like him — are primed to be the new face of a more moderate, less antagonistic brand of American Catholicism.