by Paterno Esmaquel II
MANILA, Philippines – He preaches against gossip, reminds us to finish our meals, and even tells us not to fear marriage.
Described as the “world’s parish priest,” Pope Francis goes beyond abstract theology, and gives us advice we can use daily.
What lessons from him can we bring into 2014?
Rappler compiles 10 of the Pope’s most memorable quotes in the form of New Year’s resolutions. This is the Pope Francis list.
GOSSIP KILLS.’ Pope Francis denounces gossip as murder. File photo by Luca Zennaro/EPA/Pool
“Never speak poorly of others,” March 27
“The temptation to gossip about others,” April 9
“No gossip, no fear,” April 13
“The threat of gossip,” September 2
“From gossip to love of others,” September 13
“Presentation of the Christmas greetings to the Roman Curia,” December 21
FOR THE POOR. Voicing concern for the neglected, Pope Francis slams the ‘culture of waste’ that leads to the ‘globalization of indifference.’ Francis speaks with migrants during his visit to the island of Lampedusa, southern Italy, on July 8. File photo by Alessandra Tarantino/EPA/Pool
WISH GRANTED. Pope Francis invites and chats with Leandro Martins, a non-Catholic biker who randomly requests a meeting with him. Photo courtesy of Leandro Martins
FROM THE POPE. Fr James Martin gets a handwritten ‘thank you’ note from Pope Francis. Photo courtesy of Fr James Martin
‘HUMBLE CAR.’ This handout picture released by the Vatican Press Office on September 10 shows Pope Francis speaking with collaborators next to a white Renault 4L offered by Fr Don Renzo Zocca (unseen) on September 7 at the Vatican. File photo by Ossevatore Romano/AFP
‘IN THE FLESH.’ This handout picture released by the Vatican press office shows Pope Francis (R) kissing the feet of a young offender after washing them during a Mass at the church of the Casal del Marmo youth prison on the outskirts of Rome as part of Holy Thursday. Photo by Osservatore Romano/AFP
FRUIT OF MARRIAGE. Pope Francis holds a baby, the fruit of a sacrament that he says is not ‘out of fashion.’ File photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP
‘JOY OF THE GOSPEL.’ Challenging his flock to share joy with others, Pope Francis embraces a disfigured man in November. Photo by Claudio Peri/EPA