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So what are Pope Francis' stances on abortion, social justice, and other issues?


Aleteia - published on 03/13/13

“The contemplation of the Incarnation that St. Ignatius presents us with in the Spiritual Exercises is a good example of the gaze that we propose here – a gaze that is not mired in the dualism that comes and goes constantly from diagnostics to planning  but that involves itself dramatically in the reality of the city and commits to it in action. The Gospel is a kerygma that is accepted and that drives us to share it. We develop our meditations while we live and live together.” (August 25, 2011) 

“God lacked something to be able to enter humanly into our history: he needed a mother, and he asked us for one. That is the Mother to whom we look today – the daughter of our people, the servant, the pure, God’s only one; the discreet one who makes space for the Son to make the sign, who is always enabling this reality but not as its owner or even as an actor, but as a servant; the Star that knows how to fade out so that the Sun can show itself. Such is Mary’s mediation. It is the mediation of a woman who does not renounce her motherhood; it is a motherhood with a double childbirth: one in Bethlehem and another at Calvary. It is a motherhood that contains and accompanies the friends of her Son, who is the only reference until the end of time. And so Mary is still with us, “located in the heart of that ‘enmity’ in the protoevangelium, that struggle which accompanies the history of humanity” (cf. Redempt: Mater 11). A Mother who opens spaces for grace to enter in – that grace that revolutionizes and transforms our existence and our identity; the Holy Spirit that makes us adopted sons, frees us from all slavery and, in a real and mystical possession, gives us the gift of freedom and cries out from within us the invocation of the new belonging: ‘Father!’” (November 7, 2011) 

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