Pope Francis is the 266th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church and Sovereign of the Vatican City. Throughout his public life, he has been noted for his humility, emphasis on God’s mercy, concern for the poor , and commitment to interfaith dialogue. Owing to this, he has been often called a controversial figure. But that has never stopped him to make bold comments about gender, sexuality, and even religion. Through his simple approach, he shows us a new perspective to life. The immense wisdom in his simple words are really worthy life lessons – not only for Christians, but humankind in general.

Here are 12 quotes by the Pope that prove that he is a man of true wisdom.

Religion is not meant to tie you in chains. It’s about openly understanding and embracing all of God’s creation. Respect for an open-minded Pope!

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