The Muslim Times’ Editor’s comment: Time magazine has chosen him as man of the year for 2013. We congratulate him on this achievement and offer him a gift of some reading materials. May God the Father be our Guide and Helper!
Source: Time magazine
He took the name of a humble saint and then called for a church of healing. The first non-European pope in 1,200 years is poised to transform a place that measures change by the century.
On the edge of Buenos Aires is a nothing little street called Pasaje C, a shot of dried mud leading into a slum from what passes for a main road, the garbage-strewn Mariano Acosta. There is a church, the Immaculate Virgin, toward the end of the pasaje—Spanish for passage—where, on one occasion, the local priest and a number of frightened residents took refuge deep in the sanctuary when rival drug gangs opened fire. Beyond the church, Pasaje C branches into the rest of the parish: more rutted mud and cracked concrete form Pasajes A to K. Brick chips from the hasty construction of squatter housing coagulate along what ought to be sidewalks. The word asesino—murderer—is scrawled in spray-paint on the sooty wall of a burned-out house, which was torched just days before in retaliation for yet another shooting. Packs of dogs sprawl beneath wrecked cars. Children wander heedless of traffic, because nothing can gather speed on these jagged roads. But even Pasaje C can lead to Rome.
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Francis doesn’t want or need this award unless of course they have understood his message to the world. He doesn’t want to be part of a personality cult, He follows Jesus who went out to the poor who kissed the lepers and brought love and comfort to the poorest of the poor.
So now the Church is being kicked out on to the streets it will send a clear message to all religions that hide behind facades and doors and are self promoting. We have to shift the balance towards helping the poor and powerless.