Pope Francis preached on the Gospel of Life in his Sunday homily on June 16.Show Comments (2)Comments are automatically closed two weeks after an article's initial publication. See our comments policy for more.Bruce Snowden5 years 5 months agoI'm a professed Secular Franciscan for 34 years and one of the fundamental purposes of that profession is to make tangible the process of going from the Gospel to life and from life back to the Gospel. Pope Francis is certainly showing he understands what his name implies and it is very reassuring to have a Pope as a joyfilled teacher of Gospel life. That seagull that perched on the smokestack as the election happened prefigured Pope Francis' environmental ministry akin to his namesake, whom the Church has named "Patron Saint of Ecology," Gospel Ecology if you will, And the bolt of lightening that struck St. Peter's on the day Pope Benedict resigned, foretold the enlivening electricity of a new time in and for the Church . The Lord predicted "signs and wonders" happening in the proclamation of the Good News, Well, we saw the two just mentioned which have ben followed by multiple others as the "Little Poor Man from Argentina" is doing what the Voice at San Damiano told "the Little Poor Man from Assisi," to do, "Repair my Church which is falling into ruin!"Robert Riley5 years 5 months agoI have been impressed with (what I know of) the life and example of Pope Francis, and in some ways he reminds me of the solid example of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul I (who mysteriously died after 33 days in office, as we know). However, I do not see the church as a whole (working together with the other world faiths) taking on the "evils" of global capitalism which is becoming ever more destructive of our natural environment and of the social fabric globally and, closer to home, the USA. There ARE other alternatives to both neoliberal capitalism and state socialism being described by many prominent economists , but I don't see the Church seriously taking this up (unlike the era of liberation theology in South and Central America). Nor do I see the religious institutions seriously stressing the urgency of developing sustainable economies (see the writings of the late Fr. Thomas Berry for some inspiring and challenging essays on this topic). Blessings TO and THROUGH all here!