Pope Francis walks a new type of symbolic talk: exhorting his fellow bishops to embrace “poverty, simplicity and austerity of life.” He practices what he preaches.
He exchanged the official papal attire: red cape, red shoes and golden cross, for a white cape, sensible black shoes and a metal cross. He takes the bus instead of the papal limo. He washes the feet not of bishops, but of women juvenile delinquents.
His first official visit was not to a Roman cathedral, but a parish outside the city, because “we understand reality not from the center, but from the outskirts.”
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