Top 10 Pope Francis Quotes from 2016

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Here are our ten most popular Pope Francis quotes from 2016, as featured in our Quote of the Day series:

  1. “There is no saint without a past and no sinner without a future.”
  2. “Do not be afraid! God is great, God is good, and we all have something good inside us.”
  3. “A faith incapable of showing mercy to others isn’t faith. It’s just an ideology.”
  4. “The Gospel calls us to be close to the poor and forgotten, and to give them real hope.”
  5. “It is necessary to form people for ‘a new humanism of work’ in which man, and not profit, is at the center; in which the economy serves man, and does not simply make use of him.”
  6. “Indifference and silence lead to complicity whenever we stand by as people are dying of suffocation, starvation, violence, and shipwreck. Whether large or small in scale, these are always tragedies, even when a single human life is lost.”
  7. “The just distribution of the fruits of the earth and human labor is not mere philanthropy.  It is a moral obligation.”
  8. “Health is not a consumer good but a universal right, so access to health services cannot be a privilege.”
  9. “We oppose hatred and destruction with goodness. We live in societies of different cultures and religions, but we are brothers and sisters.”
  10. “God loves us as we are: no sin, fault, or mistake can make Him change His mind.”