#2 - Pope Francis by Debby Bird, Reston, Va. (Oil Paint on Canvas) - "I woke my two year old and my four year old up early from their nap on March 13th, 2013. We sat on the couch watching the news of white smoke and waiting. We snacked on lolly"Popes" and "Pope"corn. My son did not want me to step away from the TV. "Mom don't miss it." When the announcement came and Pope Francis humbly greeted the world, I knew what my next painting would be. Now my son walks past the 24" x 36" painting hanging at "St John Neuman" Church in Reston, Virginia and proudly announces 'Mom that's your painting of Pope Frances'"
(RNS) Worried observers could have mistaken Pope Francis' pastoral gesture to atheists as an effort to dilute the gospel rather than what he really intended -- an evangelical outreach intended to bring nonbelievers closer to Christ.