oil on canvas / 41 x 33 cm. / 2017
Is Catholicism about faith and compassion, or rigid doctrine and exclusion? Franciscus tries to answer this question with his ‘way of proceeding’: humility, poverty, openness and compassion as Christ-like.
Those accusing Francis of heresy might ask themselves how compassion can be at odds with the will of a benevolent God.
When you lose compassion for humanity, and when you lose the ability to love and honour and fully receive people as they come to you, you have lost sight of why people seek spirituality.
“Pope Francis” is now on view in the exhibition at the Coffee Wake Cup in Clapham Common, London.