Here are some of Pope Francis' statements that have garnered widespread media attention in the first six months of his papacy. The first one is referencing hot-button social issues such as same-sex marriage, abortion and contraception.
“It is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time. The dogmatic and moral teachings of the Church are not all equivalent. The Church's pastoral ministry cannot be obsessed with the transmission of a disjointed multitude of doctrines to be imposed insistently.” (excerpt from Jesuit magazines America and La Civilta Cattolica)
“True charity requires courage: Let us overcome the fear of getting our hands dirty so as to help those in need.” (Pope Francis @Pontifex to more than 3 million followers on Twitter)
The “thing the church needs most today is the ability to heal wounds and to warm the hearts of the faithful; it needs nearness, proximity. I see the Church as a field hospital after battle.” (excerpt from Jesuit magazines America and La Civilta Cattolica)
“What do I hope for from World Youth Day? I hope for a mess, such a mess that the Church takes to the streets. That we defend ourselves from comfort, that we defend ourselves from clericalism.” (to the faithful at World Youth Day in Brazil)