Wednesday, March 12, 2014

the pope as just one of the guys at prayer

James Martin comments:
Just one of the guys. I've been thinking about this photo all day. Pope Francis is shown here praying with members of the Vatican Curia at the beginning of their annual retreat. The Pope has not taken any place of honor, and earlier in the day a photo showed him aboard the bus with everyone else, and carrying his bags off the bus, along with everyone else. (Notice also the relatively simple dress that the bishops and cardinals are wearing.)

I don't think I'm breaking confidence to say that I showed this photo to Cardinal Dolan today, and he was genuinely moved, and said, "The more he humbles himself, the more people love him." Amen.


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