Pope Francis continues to set the tone in moulding a church of the poor, which would be truer to Gospel values. Now he is advocating that future priests and nuns use humble bicycles.
With climate change looming, Francis’ advice is just as applicable to us as well. And we don’t have to go looking for a RM7000 bicycle, when a humbler one will do. If enough people ride bicycles, then the needs of cyclists will move up the policy makers’ agenda, which at the moment is heavily influenced and dominated by the needs of motorists (highways, tunnels, bridges). The infrastructure required for cyclists is only a fraction of the cost of that required for motorists.
This is an excerpt of a report from the Catholic News Agency:
Vatican City, Jul 9, 2013 / 10:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- “I think that bicycles are necessary because there’s a lot of work to do and you have to move around but get a humbler one!” Pope Francis told seminarians and novices July 7 in the Vatican’ s Paul VI Hall.
“And, if you like that beautiful car, think about how many children are dying of hunger, just (think of) that!” he told the approximately 6,000 young adults.
Pope Francis met with the young seminarians and novices to mark the end of their four-day pilgrimage to Rome sponsored by the Vatican as part of the Year of Faith.
“I’m telling you, truly, it hurts me when I see a priest or a sister with a brand new car. But you can’t (do that), you can’t!” he commented.
“Now, you’re thinking, ‘but then, father, must we go by bike?’” the Pope asked. “Bikes are nice,” he replied, noting, “Monsignor Alfred goes by bike, he does it.”
The pontiff also advised them to always be coherent in living out their vocation so that their testimony will be credible.