I really can’t believe it has been 3 years (and one day) since the election of Pope Francis. I was sitting in my library carrel on the 11th floor of Notre Dame’s Hesburgh library, watching the streaming live-feed of the smoke from the Vatican, anticipating a new pope for only the second time in my life. I remember, like most Vatican watchers, being initially dumbfounded at the election of Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the humble cardinal from Argentina. And now, three years in, keeping with the dumbfounded reaction, I am consistently humbled by the actions and words of the Holy Father.
Obviously, no, he is not perfect–as he would be the first to say–but he is moving, unifying, and prophetic in ways that move me deeply.
Official Image of the Year of Mercy
Two examples of this recently. First, Francis’ book, The Name of God is Mercy, is the simplest of…
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