"How can it be that it is not a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure, but it is news when the stock market loses two points?" the pope has asked.
Gov. Corbett said in interviews this week that he hopes Francis, if he comes to Philly next year for the World Meeting of Families, will meet Scullion, one of the crown jewels of the city's Catholic community.
In 2009, her work at Project HOME (Housing, Opportunities for Employment, Medical Care, Education) earned her a spot on a list of the world's 100 most influential people in Time magazine.
This year, Francis is Time's "Person of the Year."
"I love the fact that when he came in, one of the first things he says is, 'I am a sinner,' " Scullion said. "When he says a statement like that, it makes his tent very big. It includes regular human beings that are striving for a just and compassionate society."
There's been debate about whether Francis might tackle another issue that's important to Scullion: the role of women in the church.
Scullion said she remains hopeful that women will one day be able to become part of the ordained clergy.
"Women are empowered by God's grace to live full and wonderful lives," Scullion said. "It would be wonderful if the church recognized that, but that hasn't stopped women."
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