During Pope Francis’ inauguration mass at St Peter’s Square in Vatican, Pope Francis said in his homily that his power, to be authentic, should be service to others – especially the poorest and the weakest in the world.
Pope Francis said that he has the responsibility of repairing the reputation of the Catholic Church by reviving basic Christian teaching.
Pope Francis looked at himself as the protector of Mary, Jesus and the Church.
With the significance of his chosen name, His Francis, it honours St Francis of Assisi, the 13th-Century son of an aristocrat who spurned a life of luxury to live with and for the poor.
Francis, 76, expanded the image, referring to Francis of Assisi and saying that the role of protector was not just a Christian one.
He said: “It means protecting all creation, the beauty of the created world… It means respecting each of God’s creatures and respecting the environment in which we live.
“It means protecting people, showing loving concern for each and every person, especially children, the elderly, those in need, who are often the last we think about.”
Francis called on “all those who have positions of responsibility in economic, political and social life” to be protectors of creation.
“To protect creation, to protect every man and every woman, to look upon them with tenderness and love, is to open up a horizon of hope,” Francis said.
Francis said the pope himself must be inspired by the the hungry, the thirsty, the stranger, the naked, the sick, those in prison,BBC Reports