Pope Francis has worked several jobs in his lifetime. Besides sweeping floors and running tests in a chemical laboratory as a teenager, the Pope has informed the public that he used to work as a bouncer in a club. The Pope spent hours at a parish visit of the church of San Cirillo Alessandrino in a working-class neighborhood on the outskirts of Rome where he talked informally with a great number of parishioners before and after celebrating Mass.
Catholic News Service reports:
[box type=”shadow”]He said it’s enough to be a witness of hope and, as St. Peter said, “always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope.” Recounting how he discovered his vocation to the priesthood after confession with a priest he had never met before, the pope joked it was common knowledge that the best confessors are priests the penitent does not know and priests who are deaf. “Hypocrisy is a grave sin,” he said, underlining how important credibility was in helping the church grow, not through proselytism, but by attraction. He also confided that he prayed “for the grace of simplicity for me and the church” when he prayed at the tomb of his namesake, St. Francis of Assisi, Oct. 4. A woman asked the pope how she should pray for one of her relatives who was going to become a Franciscan friar. The pope said to pray that the man would have “the perseverance to go forward, but also the courage to turn back if he understands that this is not the right path.”[/box]
When asked how to be nice and set a good example for others, the Pope said ,
“Pray all the time, don’t speak badly of others because gossip destroys friendships, and always greet people nicely, always with a smile.”
h/t: Freak Out Nation