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Vatican spokesman reflects on Pope’s ‘sincere humanity’

March 16, 2017

Greg Burke, the director of the Holy See Press Office, told EWTN that the Pope’s “sincere humanity” has “done a great service to all of us.”

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“The Pope says something which is very impressive, which is: ‘I am a sinner,’” said Burke. “And I think he says that in every interview he does, that none of us is without fault. I think that’s been part of his strength: how human he is.”

“The Pope has helped people rediscover the joy of what it means to believe,” Burke added. “That despite anyone’s limitations, despite their sins, despite the crosses one might have to carry, there is an inherent joy in the Christian life.”


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  • Posted by: nix898049 - Mar. 16, 2017 5:50 PM ET USA

    This pope, bless his heart, has made statements in support of Church teaching and then walked them back almost from day one. It didn't take long for the 'faithful' to catch on. Now he has to face a tidal wave of sin(ners) because he's seen as a permissive parent who wants desperately to be liked. His sinfulness is hardly the issue. It's a given. I seem to have missed the joy in this. From Indifferentism. From False mercy. Jesus, deliver us.

  • Posted by: feedback - Mar. 16, 2017 7:31 AM ET USA

    I hope that the Holy See Press Office is not trying to imply that Pope Francis' great predecessors were less sincere or less human, or not helping people discover the joy of Christian Faith. Because that would be totally opposite to the truth.