the loquacious Francis
From 16 February 2015, Francis' Address to the Moderator and Representatives of the Church of Scotland:
I would now like to turn to my native tongue to express feelings of profound sorrow. Today I read about the execution of those twenty-one or twenty-two Coptic Christians. Their only words were: “Jesus, help me!”. They were killed simply for the fact that they were Christians. You, my brother, in your words referred to what is happening in the land of Jesus. The blood of our Christian brothers and sisters is a testimony which cries out to be heard. It makes no difference whether they be Catholics, Orthodox, Copts or Protestants. They are Christians! Their blood is one and the same. Their blood confesses Christ. As we recall these brothers and sisters who died only because they confessed Christ, I ask that we encourage each another to go forward with this ecumenism which is giving us strength, the ecumenism of blood. The martyrs belong to all Christians.
Note: The word translated above as 'Protestants' should read 'Lutherans' as it is in the original Italian/Spanish speech:
Spanish said by Francis,
La sangre de nuestros hermanos cristianos es un testimonio que grita. Sean católicos, ortodoxos, coptos, luteranos, no interesa: son cristianos. Y la sangre es la misma, la sangre confiesa a Cristo.Italian properly translated,
Il sangue dei nostri fratelli cristiani è una testimonianza che grida. Siano cattolici, ortodossi, copti, luterani non importa: sono cristiani! E il sangue è lo stesso. Il sangue confessa Cristo.
The Council of Florence
and the verdict
...nice try Francis but your words aren't Catholic!
Please pray the repose of the souls of those murdered by ISIS and for Francis that he will begin to live & preach the Faith.