Pope Francisco is the first Jesuit, Latin American, and non-European pontiff since the 8th century. He inherited a Catholic Church plagued by pederasty and corruption scandals. From the beginning, Francisco wanted his legacy to be marked by humility and bringing the faith closer to the people.
During his ten-year pontificate, he has openly criticized capitalism and advocated the abolition of laws criminalizing homosexuality, the revision of celibacy, and the role of women. He has also taken steps to curb cases of pederasty in the church and extolled the importance of environmentalism. Francisco has made trips loaded with symbolism to places where no one expected him and has shown that he focuses his ministry on the discarded and the peripheries. He has succeeded in mapping reality and has been able to speak freely within the Vatican walls.
The pope has also tried to modernize the curia and has ordered the elimination of the pontifical secret for pederasty cases and increased penalties for religious crimes. Last Friday, Francisco expressed his willingness to review celibacy and appoint more women to senior positions in the Vatican.
Francisco has tried to put the Church on a more horizontal path and not so vertical and pyramidal, centered on the Curia, although he has encountered many difficulties and resistance.
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