KARACHI: Humility of Pope Francis can be a valuable source of inspiration, Archbishop of Karachi says.
In line with details, Joseph Coutts, Archbishop of Karachi and President of the Episcopal Conference of Pakistan expressed his views about humility of Pope Francis while addressing people from various circles of life in a ceremony in a seminar held recently.
The Archbishop spoke to an audience comprising students and professionals in a Seminar held at the Institute Notre Dame of Karachi, titled “Social transformation and change”, arranged by a Catholic association “Jesus Youth Pakistan” .
“For professionals, managers, social and political leaders, “Pope Francis’ humility can be a valuable source of inspiration. If you really want to become agents of transformation and social change, I suggest you keep your eyes on Pope Francis,” he said.
His audience comprised of leaders of society, culture, politics and the business community in Pakistan. The Archbishop further pointed towards Pope Francis as an excellent example to follow mainly for certain features of humility, saying: “He is working in an excellent way for change. He chose the name Francis referring to St. Francis of Assisi, a saint who is loved not only by Christians but also by Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists for his works of peace. The Pope’s power is not political but a power of service and love: he chose to leave his papal apartment and has been living in simplicity. He visited prisoners and washed their feet. He loves to meet and spend time with ordinary people”.
This seminar was intended to facilitate people from various spheres of the society including leaders, executives, managers, teachers, engineers, businessmen, educationalists and politicians, to promote the idea “how to promote effective change in society: a transformation that focuses on the promotion of rights and values, the dignity of persons, according to the criteria of equality, justice and fraternity.”
It was plainly stated that “to change society we must start by changing ourselves”.
Moreover, Fr. Peter Mughal, OFM, one of the speakers at the seminar, said in his speech, “To be a successful leader, you must serve with humility. Jesus gave his life for others, and each of you has a special mission of evangelization.”