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Pope Francis Predicts a Calmer Response Over Same-Sex Blessings

Pope Francis says ‘everyone will calm down’ about same-sex blessings

In a recent interview with an Italian newspaper on January 29, Pope Francis addressed the criticism surrounding the Vatican’s declaration allowing priests to bless same-sex couples. The Pope dismissed those opposing the decision as a vocal minority, particularly mentioning the objection from African bishops, attributing it to cultural views on homosexuality in many African countries.

Regarding concerns of a schism in the church due to increasing polarization, Pope Francis expressed confidence and mentioned the existence of small groups with schismatic tendencies, advising to let them be and focus on moving forward.

Pope Francis Predicts a Calmer Response Over Same-Sex Blessings

Pope Francis Predicts a Calmer Response Over Same-Sex Blessings (Credits: Reuters)

The interview covered the pope’s approval of priests blessing same-sex couples, emphasizing the inclusive spirit of the declaration. Pope Francis reiterated the idea that everyone, regardless of their sins, should feel welcomed in the church, and he critiqued the notion of creating lists of sinners.

The 87-year-old pontiff also shared insights into his personal life, discussing moments of loneliness and highlighting prayer as his remedy. He expressed concern about major conflicts globally, particularly in the Middle East and Ukraine, calling for dialogue, prayers for peace, and rejecting the concept of a just war.

Addressing concerns about his health and the possibility of resignation, Pope Francis acknowledged resignation as a possibility for any pontiff but stated that he is not currently thinking about it and will consider it if and when he feels unable to continue.

Despite challenges, Pope Francis expressed a strong desire to continue his mission, outlining ambitious plans for potential papal trips, including visits to Papua New Guinea and East Timor. He shared his vision of a church actively engaged in people’s daily lives, reaching out to both geographical and existential peripheries.

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