To recognise Pope Francis as an important member of the Church
To recognise that Pope Francis acts in a particular way because of his beliefs
Explain that this next section of learning teaches us about Pope Francis and how he lives as a person led and inspired by the Spirit.
Build up a picture of Pope Francis as a person who because he follows Jesus acts (behaves) in particular ways.
Talk to children about Pope Francis actions that show that he is filled with the Holy Spirit, using images.
visiting the poor or lonely people in their homes
visiting the sick
washing prisoners’ feet
raising money to help the hungry
living a simple life
teaching us to care for all Creation
1. What did Pope Francis do?
2. What does this action show about what Pope Francis believes?
Help children to make links when appropriate to previous learning:
IN THE BEGINNING and the Pope’s belief that God created our world and we are called to care for all creation.
PEOPLE OF PRAYER - the Beatitude(s) you focused on e.g. – his belief in comforting those who are sad, being merciful, being a peacemaker etc
LENT TO EASTER – his belief that as Jesus taught us at the Last Supper, we must serve one another.
EASTER TO PENTECOST – the belief that the Holy Spirit gives us courage to tell everyone the Good News
How can you follow the example of Pope Francis? Talk with your family about what you are doing or could do.
Pope Francis visits lonely and sick people. He comforts those who are sad.
There may be some people who are on their own who you cannot visit, and people you know who are sick. There may be people who are very sad.
Pope Francis shows us how to serve others.
The Holy Spirit gives us the courage to tell everyone that Jesus is Risen from the dead and shares his life with us.