So far, Francis seems like a great pope. Very different and unexpected, but very good.
I agree, Pope Francis inspires me already. To me “the cross” is both literal and symbolic. Of course Christian churches, and people should present he cross, the cross defines who we are. The cross is also a symbol of sacrifice, obedience, and willingness to suffer/repent for our sins, and that is where a lot of people go wrong. People will wear the cross, but not bare the cross. They subconsciously refuse to embrace the passion of the cross because it is not easy. It requires humility and detachment from the world we have to live in. We have to continuously ask God for strength, and stay faithful to the sacramental gifts that He gave us.