The journalist and expert on Vatican issues, Elisabetta Piqué.
Julio García. Madrid
The Vatican journalist and correspondent in Rome for the Argentine daily La Nación, Elisabetta Piqué, assures that Francisco “is a Pope close to people that is dismantling everything this Vatican of tinsels, luxuries and shows was”.
Piqué, who has just published the book “Francisco. Vida y Revolución” (La Esfera de los Libros), states in an interview with The Diplomat, that the Holy Father does not want to wear the red cape, he wants to wear his own shoes and he rejects going by limousine and living in the apostolic apartment to live in Saint Marta’s residence in community.
In her opinion, Francisco is a Pope who wants to get closer to the poor and those socially-excluded, and she recalls that the Holy Father has affirmed that his view of the Catholic Church is being in a field hospital around the battle.
“Probably, the biggest change with this Pope is his call for a view of a different Church that stays with those wounded, that goes to the suburbs, that is not withdrawn into itself, not auto-referential, not clerical, or clericalized”, affirms the journalists. “A Church”, she adds, “that stays with wounded people in this world, with those socially-excluded, but that can be the homosexual who felt excluded or the divorced man or woman who just got married again”.
Franciso brings a Papacy not seen as an Absolute Monarchy but as a Professional Synodial Government
Elisabetta Piqué indicates that Francisco brings “a new model to exercise the Papacy”. “A Papacy no longer seen as an absolute monarchy. This is not the absolute monarch Pope anymore. This is a Pope who wants to be present in the celebrations that the Second Vatican Council said, that is, a Professional Synodial Government”.
The correspondent in Rome for the daily La Nación explains that with Francisco there is a change in the “egocentrism” of the Pope’s figure and because of that, a few months before his Papacy, the Pope created a Council of Cardinals, with cardinals from the five continents, “that is helping him to govern”.
In her opinion, Francisco “is a Pope who speaks clearly and who keeps repeating that the bishop does not have to be the prince bishop, but that he has to lead a frugal life style and to guide the flock, to be in the middle of the flock and after the flock with the sheep”.
Francisco “is making a call to the conversion of the Papacy” because he understands that “the poor are in the heart of the gospel”. The Pope “is the right person at the right time, meaning that he is a Pope product of his time”, affected by a global economic crisis, concludes Elisabetta Piqué.