I never thought that so early in my life, I would already live to see 3 different popes. I suppose as a child, I expected Pope John Paul II to live forever. No matter, we now have a new pope—the first in the modern era from Latin America. One news article headline read, “Meet The New Pope: Francis Is Lead Who Takes The Bus To Work.” That put a warm smile on my face. I have great faith in him, and I pray for his papacy.
In history, the pope had great authority and influence in political affairs, however, these days, his authority is almost exclusively restricted to religious affairs. Even so, I believe the pope is still a great international figure and influence.
Thus, I pray that Pope Francis I uses his position to continue his goodwill not just toward the poor, and not just as the head of the Roman Catholic Church and community, but as an international representation of what it is to be a compassionate humanitarian.
BIG LOVE & HUGS