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Three months after the election of Argentine Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio as Pope Francis, much of the gloom seems to have lifted.

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Francis started changing the tune of the papacy straight from day one, when to the shock of his Vatican handlers he insisted on personally settling his tab at the clerics’ residence where he stayed during the conclave that elected him.

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Francis says he’ll stay at the Vatican this summer rather than escape to the papal retreat at Castel Gandolfo. In canada goose outlet reviews a world so steeped in tradition and choreographed rituals as the Vatican, a change in style really is a matter of substance.

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The break with the past culminated with Francis’ decision to shun the ornate papal apartments for a small suite at the Domus Santa Marta, the modern Vatican guesthouse for visiting cardinals and priests.

He did so, Francis explained in a letter to a priest friend, in order to avoid becoming “isolated.”

It’s a telling indicator of how Francis envisions both himself and his new job, especially after the Vatileaks scandal in which Benedict’s personal butler arrested for leaking personal documents described the scholarly pope as out of touch with the canada goose outlet 2015 world and his own staff.

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Nevertheless, Francis’ informal sermons have puzzled Vatican officials, who still aren’t sure what to make of his candid denunciations of the church’s “triumphalism,” careerism and pride. For months, they didn’t even appear on the Vatican page where all the pope’s activities and speeches are listed.

buy canada goose jacket cheap Francis has used his daily homilies to focus time and again on what is emerging as the central theme of his pontificate: building a “poor church, for the poor,” as he put it in his meeting with the world media a few days after being elected. buy canada goose jacket cheap

canada goose deals The focus on “the poorest, the weakest, the least important” has dominated Francis’ public outings since his inaugural Mass on March 19. Almost on a weekly basis, Francis has urged his fellow churchmen leave their comfort zone and reach out to those who live at the margins of society. canada goose deals

Canada Goose online It was most visible during Holy Week, when Francis canada goose outlet in new york washed the feet of 12 juvenile inmates, including two girls, during a visit to a Rome prison. canada goose outlet in montreal In a Vatican still struggling to reform its scandal ridden bank, Francis more than once remarked that neither St. Peter nor St. Paul canada goose outlet eu had any bank accounts. Canada Goose online

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Francis has repeatedly denounced consumerism and what he called the “culture of waste” of modern economies, and making it clear that environmental protection will be a priority for the church.

Francis’ condemnation of runaway capitalism and an exclusive focus on profit are ideologically in line with his canada goose outlet ontario predecessor but the vigor and frequency with which he strikes these chords are definitely new.

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While Francis minced no words in highlighting the “social gospel,” he has been less eager to engage in the culture wars over abortion or gay marriage cherished by his predecessors.

Canada Goose sale If Benedict warned of the “dictatorship of relativism,” Francis, in canada goose outlet boston a speech to a group of ambassadors from tax havens such as canada goose outlet usa Luxembourg and Antigua, berated the “dictatorship of an economy which is faceless and lacking any truly humane goal.” Canada Goose sale

Money, he said, must “serve” man, not “rule” over him.

No one doubts the canada goose outlet price new pope’s anti abortion credentials, but the fact that he has condemned abortion isn’t the same as making it a touchstone issue of his pontificate.

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