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Pope calls for humbler church

Saturday, March 16, 2013 - 01:15

Mar 16 - Pope Francis I says the Catholic Church must remember that its mission is to serve the poor, the clearest indication yet he plans to make the institution more austere. Andrew Raven reports.

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A warm welcome for the newly-voted leader of the Catholic Church and its 1.2 billion followers. Pope Francis addressed the media on Saturday for the first time since he was chosen as pontiff. He told them his mission would be to lead a church that serves the poor as St Francis of Assisi did. It was his clearest indication yet that he wants a more austere institution. Since his election on Wednesday, the Pope has avoided many luxurious trappings that come with his office. He shunned the papal limousine for a bus and insisted on paying his hotel bill in person following after the vote. The former cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio gave another reason why he looked to the Italian saint for his papal name. "Francis was a man of peace," he said. He takes over at a difficult time for the church, which is embroiled in a series of corruption and sex abuse scandals.

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Pope calls for humbler church

Saturday, March 16, 2013 - 01:15