By Mick Krever, CNN
Pope Francis is leading a “revolution” at the Vatican, Italian author Marco Politi told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Thursday.
The new pontiff is focussing on reforming four “key” areas, Politi said: money, power, poverty, and community.
“He told the bishops and the cardinals,” Politi told Amanpour from Rome, “that they have not to behave like princes of the renaissance. He tells the priests not to forget when they buy a car about children who starve because they don’t enough to eat.”
Pope Francis spoke out on the issues of the Church in a frank interview with Italy’s la Repubblica newspaper.
"This Vatican-centric view neglects the world around us,” the pontiff said. “I do not share this view and I'll do everything I can to change it."
“He wants to reform not the center of the Catholic Church,” Politi told Amanpour, “but this reform has to go in all places where bishops, cardinals, and priests act.”
Since he assumed the papacy, Pope Francis has also been very outspoken on the big issues of the day, whether it be war in Syria or immigration in Europe.
The tragic drowning Thursday of nearly a hundred African immigrants on their way to Italy deeply moved Pope Francis.
“I cannot mention without great dismay the numerous victims of the latest tragic shipwreck,” the pontiff said, “which occurred today off the coast of Lampedusa. The word that comes to my mind is ‘disgrace.’ It is a disgrace.”
He visited the Lampedusa, the Italian island near where the immigrant drowned, in July. At the time, he condemned “global indifference” to the refugee crisis.
“Believers are really enthusiastic about this pope,” Politi told Amanpour. “Pope Benedict had a very low consensus and now the consensus of the people, and of the young people especially, is very high.”
“But the structure is a big structure, and it is always difficult to change the structure of an organization which has more than one billion people,” he said. “So already there has begun a war behind the scenes against this new pope, and there are many websites who speak very aggressively against him. They say that he is a demagogue, they say that he is a populist, that he speaks too much about poverty, that he doesn’t defend the role of the papacy.”