There has been a palpable air of excitement even for non-Catholics as Pope Francis mingles with the populace on American shores and addressed concerns that span generations.
Speaking on the White House lawn during a welcoming ceremony, the Pope evoked the words of iconic Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., when he said it was time to collect on the unpaid “promissory note.”
Addressing Congress, Pope Francis tackled climate change, immigration, poverty, homelessness and the importance of being kind to one another. He also referenced King’s march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, 50 years ago, while Rep. John Lewis applauded
At St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City, he talked about the scourge of priests and other Catholic officials sexually molesting and preying on vulnerable children.
And all the while, the Pope has made it abundantly clear that his heart belongs to the common man. He has chosen to ride around in a tiny Fiat, blanketed by enormous SUVs that make up his security detail.
The Pope has blessed believers, charmed children, talked with dignitaries while making his message of love, compassion for others and humility the focus of presentations.
As Pope Francis continues with his US trip, his mere presence provides a soothing reminder that religious leaders who take an oath of service need to focus on tending to their flock, rather than being seduced by the trappings of power.–OnPointPress.net.