Thursday, March 14, 2013
God Bless Pope Francis
I didn't know much about the former Cardinal Bergoglio before the conclave elected him as the successor to Pope Benedict XVI, but I've been reading about him since then and every new thing I learn only convinces me more that he is exactly the kind of shepherd our Church needs in these difficult times. He is a man of humility and simplicity, he isn't afraid to stand firm on the teachings of the Catholic Church (even when they are not popular in this PC 21st-century world of ours), and he cares deeply about the plight of the world's poor and suffering.
My middle son's girlfriend, a lovely half-Latina young woman who was positively delighted by the news that this holy Latino man would be our next pope, texted my husband and me an article when we told her we didn't know that much about the former Cardinal Bergoglio or his history. If you're interested, you can read that article (written before his election) right here.
Apparently, when he was a Cardinal our new pope (who lived so simply that he took public transportation in lieu of being chauffeured about in a private car) didn't just talk the talk when he spoke of helping the poor; he walked the walk. For instance, he once visited a hospice center, where he kissed and washed the feet of 12 AIDS patients. Kind of reminds you of the way Jesus treated the lepers, doesn't it?