Re "Pope embraces Marxism" (Letters, Dec. 2): In response to the letter from John Costello concerning his opinion that Pope Francis upholds Marxism, I think you would have to say the same thing about Jesus. Jesus didn't associate with the elite of society, not even with the religious of that day. He embraced the poor and lowly, the outcasts. Yes, Jesus said, "The poor shall always be among us." Could that be because he knew that there would always be those who would find excuses for not sharing. Jesus also said, "Give what you have to the poor and come follow me." Read the Gospels.
-- Gail Branner, Roseville