I often get asked by all sorts of people, “So, do you like Pope Francis?”
And I always give the same answer, “Who doesn’t?”
Then I ask, what do you like about Pope Francis?
Varied responses to that question all have one thing in common, fascination and curiosity. Though I find that interesting, I’m not at all surprised.
The media has played a large roll in forming the popular image of Pope Francis. Unfortunately, they have not done such a good job of informing people about what he actually teaches. Reports from the secular press tend to distort the facts, and in doing so, they’ve done an incredible job piquing people’s curiosity about this intriguing pontiff. Now, within the first year of his pontificate, Pope Francis is arguably the most popular person on earth.
That’s a good start. People are not going to follow the pope — follow his words in the news or follow his teaching — if they aren’t even aware of him. Everyone is following this pope in at least one of those ways, because the media cannot ignore him. That means when Francis speaks, people are going to pay attention, and that’s a good thing!
Do you want to follow Pope Francis? I mean, hear what he has to say, when he says it? There’s an easy way to do that. He tweets pretty regularly @Pontifex. (Seriously, Biltrix, who didn’t already know that?) — Are you following him? If you want to know what he has to say, he tells the whole world almost every day. That’s a pretty good reason to get Twitter if you were avoiding it up until now.
Dear young people, let us not be satisfied with a mediocre life. Be amazed by what is true and beautiful, what is of God!—
Pope Francis (@Pontifex) January 27, 2014
It isn’t confirmed that he will yet, but apparently Pope Francis wants to come to the United States in 2015. Where will he go? What will he say? I don’t know, but I do know one thing for sure. When he comes — and I hope he does — the whole world will be watching and listening, because that’s what happens when Francis speaks.