New pope greets crowds in Vatican City

Pope Francis is possibly the Catholic Church’s most valuable asset.

Pope Francis in 2015  visited the United States. This was a momentous and earth shaking  event that has left many lives changed.  This included the then current United States House of Representative Speaker John Boehner.

What is it about this man that is so contagious? Is it his genuineness? His beautiful selfless acts of compassion (like kissing the feet of Aid victims and allowing the children to come near him)? Is it his humour? It could be all of this and more. It is because of his God given Compassion and the action of the Holy Spirit in his life. Thank God for him.

The truth is that Pope Francis is one of the most interesting individuals on our planet  today. He could even be one of the most fascinating and attractive  Popes ever! Facts about Pope Francis may confirm this statement. For example, did you know that his Holiness studied philosophy at the Catholic University of Buenos Aires and also has a master’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Buenos Aires? It’s a fact. He has a brilliant brain and can speak the language of science.

How about the fact that Pope Francis is the first Jesuit pope, the first from the Americas, the first from the Southern Hemisphere and the first non-European pope since the Syrian Gregory III in 741. Probably one of  folk’s favourite facts is that  he worked as a bouncer in a Buenos Aries bar to help pay for his studies (in other words, don’t mess with this pope.)

Pope Francis is a people’s Pope and he slowly going to change the entire face of the Roman Catholic Church. He’s a people person. Things in the Catholic Church will never be the same again.

Pope Francis’ dialogue with Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, was a momentous advance in ecumenical relationships.That they were both as Bishops of the Church to meet and share fellowship was wonderful. It was a real joy to see them standing together in this photo.

Pope with Archbishop

Now he’s going to visit Egypt. Whatever we may think of Islam, the Pope is prepared to hold out the hand of friendship to Muslims.

May the Lord protect him and bless his Papacy,  God’s Man for this 21st Century. He’s a Jesus Man. Alleluia.

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