‘Put the needs of the poor ahead of our own’ becomes battle cry for the Pope

Known for being a champion of the poor and vulnerable in his many speeches, Pope Francis went one step further during the most recent Sunday Angelus message at the Vatican when he told followers that, “Jesus teaches us to put the needs of the poor ahead of our own,” the National Catholic Register later reports. “Our needs, even if legitimate, will never be so urgent as those of the poor, who lack the necessities of life.”

Pope Francis denounced the unnecessary luxuries early on in his reign as pontiff, choosing, for example, to drive a Ford Focus rather than a more opulent car, living in the Vatican guesthouse rather than the Apostolic Palace, and declaring that, “Oh, how I would like a poor Church, and for the poor.”

The rest of the homily focused on the parable of Jesus feeding the multitudes with loaves and fishes. “Compassion, sharing, Eucharist: This is the path Jesus indicates for us in this Gospel,” he stated. “It is a path that leads us to face the needs of this world with brotherhood, but one that leads us beyond this world because it starts with God the father and returns to him,” Today’s Catholic News reports.