One of Pope Francis’ eight titles is Vicar of Jesus Christ designating him as a representative, deputy or agent of Christ. He is the principal spokesman for Christ in the Catholic Church, and without a doubt one of the most admired Christians in the world.
During his epic visit to the United States, the Pope was seen in person or on television by millions around the world. His message of love, forgiveness, mercy and service touched the hearts of people of all faiths. It may have even touched some atheists.
The Spirit of God is clearly evident in this son of an Italian immigrant who became the Supreme Pontiff of the Catholic Church. He is a charismatic and eloquent spokesman for Jesus Christ and his thoughts about goodness, truth and beauty were plain-spoken and unambiguous.
Pope Francis’ primary purpose for coming to the United States was to participate in the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia. With warmth and conviction, he challenged families to share little gestures of love and to be models of tenderness, affection and compassion. He also referred to the family as, “the most beautiful thing God made.”
Despite a rigorous schedule, the Pope always appeared to have a look of serenity and joy. He often spoke with great passion especially when he veered off his script. He addressed huge crowds, but he also found time to greet and embrace individuals, especially children and those who were physically or mentally challenged.
I am just one of the millions of people who were touched and moved by Pope Francis, his demeanor, his words and his love for Christ. At a time when our world is so fractured with war, idealogical differences and disagreements, Papa Francisco brought us together speaking as the Vicar of Jesus Christ.