I can just see him having an impact on the Latin world just when it is so sorely needed, I see him being accepted by the Europeans because his ancestry is Italian, appealling to intellectuals.
If, as has been reported on FR, the name Francis comes from St. Francis Xavier, it gives him a connection to Asia and evangelization.
He is strongly, pro-life, anti-homosexuality, (Hate the si, not the sinner.) I haven’t read anything I haven’t liked so far. Those who are attacking him are doing so by pointing out his faithfulness to Church teaching.
Aptly reflected in Pope Francis’ motto:
Miserando atque eligendo
“Showing compassion and choosing”
A human saint is a rare person indeed.
I wish him a long and blessed Papacy (and I’m a Protestant). He’s certainly a young-looking 76 years old.
I’m actually surprised that none of the previous Popes chose Francis as their papal name.
As A Protestant I like him for lots of reasons. He’s firm on the moral teaching of the church and calls for Evangelization and Care for the Needy. He carries himself with humility, which is very welcome.
Was the missing “”M” monogram (for “Mary) on his tapestry on purpose? John Paul II and Benedict both included it, IIRC. The concept of Mary’s “Motherhood of God” is one of the concepts that we “neo-Nestorians” just have a hard time getting past.
Amen! Amen! to that prayer.
With the election of a Christian , many that left shall retrun and many there shall depart.
Go Pope Francis!
My wife said there is a good Italian film about Saint Francis that I need to watch.
It is high on the To Do List.