Pope Francis: Inspiring Popemania in America
How wonderful to have the Pope bring his warmth and wisdom to our doorstep!
It’s true he’s not crossing the border to Canada but it’s probably also true that our neighbour needs a good healthy dose of Papal balm more than we do.
Besides, we’re already on excellent terms with Cuba; facilitating a deeper American-Cuban friendship was a big part of his motive for coming to North America — to promote “the culture of encounter and dialogue.”
The response to his visit has rightly been described as Popemania.
How can you not feel admiration and affection, no matter what your religious persuasion, for a man whose priority, after serving his God and leading his flock, is bringing about reconciliation in a world too much at odds — and not just between nations but between people, as well.
He has been adamant about that.
”Perhaps you were mad, perhaps plates flew,” he once advised, “but please remember this: never let the sun go down without making peace! Never, never, never!”
Pope Francis will be in the U.S. through Sunday.
*Thursday, he’ll address a joint meeting of Congress in Washington, possibly talking about climate change, income inequality, persecution of religious minorities, the death penalty and perhaps also abortion. Then, he’ll lunch with homeless people at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
*Friday, he’ll speak to the U.N. General Assembly In New York. It’s expected topics will include environmental degradation, global poverty, and migration. He’ll also visit a school in East Harlem.