Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Pope Sketches His Vision for Church; He Speaks of Renewal, Chides Future Priests and Nuns Who Are 'Too Sad.'

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Pope Sketches His Vision for Church; He Speaks of Renewal, Chides Future Priests and Nuns Who Are 'Too Sad.'

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VATICAN CITY * Pope Francis called for structural renewal in the Roman Catholic church to keep up with the times, although he counseled future priests and nuns Saturday to shun costly trappings like the latest smartphones and fancy cars so they can devote more resources to help the poor.

Francis has been waging a campaign to root out corruption and power plays in the Vatican's bureaucracy and to keep sight of what is essential in the church he was elected in March to lead. His remarks in two appearances Saturday drew on his determination to forge what he likes to call a "poor church."

The Argentine-born pontiff offered the encouragement for renewal in a homily during Mass Saturday at the Vatican City hotel where he lives. Francis told Catholics "not to be afraid of renewing some structures" to accord with "the places, the times" and the people, but he didn't specify what needed to be changed.

Later, he gave an off-the-cuff lecture to seminarians and novices, and to thunderous applause, told the future priests and nuns to keep "freshness" and "joy" in their lives. …

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