As Pope Francis turns 80, here are 10 of his most memorable quotes

For the Pope’s birthday, we look back at ten of his most resonant sayings

Pray for me. Speaking to the crowds in St Peter’s Square, just after his election in March 2013 Women are more important in the Church than bishops and priests. Press conference, June 2013 I have a dogmatic certainty: God is in every person’s life. God is in everyone’s life. Even if the life of a person has been a disaster, even if it is destroyed by vices, drugs or anything else – God is in this person’s life. Interview with La Civiltà Cattolica, September 2013  The Big Bang, that today is considered to be the origin of the world, does not contradict the creative intervention of God, on the contrary it requires it. On science, October 2014 A Europe which is no longer open to the transcendent dimension of life is a Europe which risks slowly losing its own soul and that “humanistic spirit” which it still loves and defends. Speech to the European parliament, November 2014 It is true that you must not react violently, but … if [somebody] says a curse word against my mother, he can expect a punch, it’s normal. On the limits of freedom of expression, after the Charlie Hebdo attacks, January 2015 Economic powers continue to justify the current global system where priority tends to be given to speculation and the pursuit of financial gain, which fail to take the context into account, let alone the effects on human dignity and the natural environment. Laudato Si’, May 2015 Families quarrel… sometimes plates can fly and children give headaches. I won’t speak about mothers-in-law. Speaking at the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, September 2015 The world has no need of couch potatoes. Homily at World Youth Day, July 2016 I would say that it falls to scientists, who work free of political, economic or ideological interests, to develop a cultural model which can face the crisis of climate change and its social consequences. On the environment, November 2016 


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