To many, Christians or not, Francis, the new Bishop of Rome, brings new fresh air into the world. Francis understands the Church as the “People of God” and wants to decentralize its organization. In other words, the Church has to go out, to everybody, especially to the excluded and marginalized, and bring them the joy of Christ’s gospel.
In regard to the Catholic Church, his image of a “field hospital” is a very powerful one. Urgent compassion and care is the main task of the Church. But, Francis’ revolution appears to be a re-focusing of the Church on Jesus’ main message of compassion and mercy.