Cardinal Parolin Reflects on Pontificate of Pope Francis
In an interview with Vatican News published March 13, 2018, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State, reflected on the five years of the Pontificate of Pope Francis,
“I would like to say that the fundamental characteristic of this Pontificate is precisely joy, a joy that does not arise evidently from carelessness, but from the fact of knowing that one is loved by the Lord,” Cardinal Parolin said. The other features of the Pontificate, he said, are mercy and evangelization.
The cardinal stressed the “outward looking” focus of today’s Church, noting this “can be the cause of different, conflicting and sometimes even