Pope Francis’ niece says she’s spiritual, not religious; believes uncle will renew ‘outdated’ Church

(Christian Post) Pope Francis’ niece said in a recent interview that she considers herself to be spiritual, not religious, and she believes her uncle will renew the “outdated” Catholic Church.

Francis’ niece, Cristina Bergoglio, made her recent comments while promoting her new art show in Miami, Florida. According to Local 10 News, the exhibit that features geometrical figures and landscape paintings will be on display at the Conrad Hotel in Brickell, a neighborhood in Miami. The paintings, being shown in a solo exhibit, are expected to fetch $4,075 to $27,160 each.

When asked by Local 10 News if she affiliates herself with any one religion, Bergoglio said that she considers herself to be spiritual instead of religious, and she believes her uncle will successfully renew an outdated Catholic Church.

“I’m not afraid to say I see the church as outdated, and that’s why I believe life has put my uncle to renew this certain system of thought that was getting stagnated,” Bergoglio said.

Bergoglio, who is from Argentina and based in Madrid, added to La Razon that she plans to visit her uncle for one of his weekly general audience gatherings. She added that she plans to paint Francis a depiction of St. Francis of Assisi, the saint name picked by the pope when he was Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio in Buenos Aires, Argentina. [More]


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