timemagazinePope Francis is TIME’s Person of the Year for 2013.

(This is a great choice and its about a person who is doing good in the world. Pope Francis has demonstrated a genuine care for people everywhere, not just Catholics. He has more impact on Christianity than any other single person on Earth. The work he is doing to focus attention to the plight of the poor is a noble effort. I admire this man for being a true follower of Christ.)


Pope warns church must find new balance or fail

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has warned that the Catholic Church’s moral structure might “fall like a house of cards” if it doesn’t balance its divisive rules about abortion, gays and contraception with the greater need to make the church a merciful, more welcoming place for all.

(MY TAKE: The church universal SHOULD heed this call to be a place that is welcoming for all. Protestant evangelical congregations especially)