Pope Francis Warns Church Could Become ‘Compassionate NGO’

Pope Francis1Pope Francis has warned the Catholic Church would become “a compassionate NGO” without spiritual renewal.

In a Sistine Chapel Mass with cardinals on his first day as Church leader, the pontiff said: “If we do not confess to Christ, what would we be?

“We would end up a compassionate NGO. What would happen would be like when children make sand castles and then it all falls down.”

Francis is the first Latin American – and the first Jesuit – Pope.

The BBC‘s David Willey, in Rome, says the 76-year-old has already been swift to stamp his style on the papacy.

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