Este sábado durante un pronunciamiento a la prensa, el Papa Francisco confirmó su cercanía a Hummes.
«En la elección yo tenía a mi lado al Arzobispo emérito de São Paulo Claudio Hummes:
Un gran amigo! Un gran amigo!
Cuando la cosa se ponía peligrosa, él comenzó a tranquilizarme», contó.
Francisco declaró que apenas supo que había sido elegido Papa, Hummes lo abrazó, le dio un beso y le dijo:
«No se olvide de los pobres».
«Y de repente, en relación a los pobres, pensé en Francisco de Asís», relató, al contar como surgió el nombre.
Borgoglio y Hummes son amigos hace más de 20 años y desde su elección como Papa han sido visto juntos en varias ocasiones, además del balcón del Vaticano, en el autobús en que Francisco se sentó al lado del brasileño, cuando podría haber viajado en el vehículo Papal.
Hummes ya había apoyado a Bergoglio en 2005, en el Cónclave que eligió al alemán Joseph Ratzinger.
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Cláudio Hummes, OFM
On 22 March 1975, he was appointed Coadjutor Bishop of Santo André and Titular Bishopof Carcabia. Hummes received his episcopal consecration on the following 25 May from Archbishop Aloísio Lorscheider, OFM, with Bishops Mauro Morelli and Urbano Allgayer serving as co-consecrators. He later succeeded Jorge de Oliveira as Bishop of Santo André on 29 December of that same year. Hummes allowed the labour unions to meet inparishes throughout his diocese, going against the dictatorship in Brazil at the time. It was here that he began his support for liberation theology, and forged his friendship with the union boss at the time, Lula. On 29 May 1996 he was promoted to Archbishop ofFortaleza and was then transferred to São Paulo on 15 April 1998.
Cardinal Hummes has criticized the spread of global capitalism, claiming that privatizing state companies and lowering tariffs had contributed to "misery and poverty affecting millions around the world".At his first public audience following his election, Pope Francis revealed that he had been inspired to take his name from St Francis of Assisi by his good friend Cardinal Hummes who had embraced him at the culmination of the 2013 conclave whispering "don't forget the poor" when it was announced that he had been elected Pope.
He issued an official statement condemning the anonymous attacks on homeless indigenous people. He said "such violence and cruelty is unacceptable and should be vigorously repudiated. The Church has cried out many times regarding the need to come to the aid of those who are forced to live in our streets, without shelter. She does so out of a duty of humanity and because of her faith in Jesus Christ, who wishes to be identified in each person, especially in the poor and handicapped".
In a 2006 interview with Brazilian newspaper O Estado de S. Paulo, Cardinal Hummes said that “even though celibacy is part of Catholic history and culture, the Church could review this question, because celibacy is not a dogma but a disciplinary question.” He also said that it is "a long and valuable tradition in the Latin-rite church, based on strong theological and pastoral arguments".