|Pope Francis leads the way.|
15And they brought unto him also infants, that he would touch them: but when his disciples saw it, they rebuked them. 16But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Allow little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. 17 Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein. (Luke 18:15-17) Many are rebuked and turned away, but Christ calls on humanity to receive others as would a child.
In a world driven to war, hate, desperate acts of violence and misunderstanding as a result of failing to tackle intolerance this gesture is a breath of fresh air. Pope Francis blessing the marriage of couples recently is described as a new openness as reported in the media; however, thankfully, it is not altogether new, Christ himself called this openness innocence. Not only is the Pope inspiring humanity to receive children as innocents, but that by the Church and humanity itself being inspired to receive others with the same innocence Jesus proclaimed many more can be brought to Christ and saved.