I’ll admit it. I have a major crush on Pope Francis.

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A side of pope by Hamilton Cline, Daly City, Calif. (Digital) - "An illustration of the pope from the side."

A side of pope by Hamilton Cline, Daly City, Calif. (Digital) - "An illustration of the pope from the side."

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(RNS) Pope Francis doesn’t hold his arms open like a diva or Eva Peron – as if he’s gathering adoration unto himself. No, when Papa Frank stretches his arms wide it’s as if he’s trying to give the world a bear hug.

  • stranger on the bus

    Just wonder’n, Cathleen:

    “If Papa Frank had a name, what would it be
    And would we call it 2 His face
    If we were faced with Him and all His glory?
    What would U ask if U had just one question?”

  • EL PAPA FRANCISCO ES UNA MARAVILLA , SE HACE QUERER POR TODOS LO POBRES Y LOS RICOS.
    Y AHORA SE ACERCA A LOS DIVORCIADOS , TAMPOCO JUZGA A LOS HOMOSEXUALES.
    YO LO ADORO , LO RESPETO , Y ESPERO QUE SE QUEDE MUCHOS AÑOS HACIENDO TODOS LOS CAMBIOS ,
    QUE LA IGLESIA NECESITA .

  • Deacon Jim Stagg

    Thank you, Cathleen. There are a lot of us who feel we are in “good hands”.

    It seems each pope brings special qualities to his position. Some are holy men, some are all-embracing, some are learned, some are very humble, some are almost shy.

    It would seem Pope Francis covers all the bases. Lucky us, to be alive now. May God bless him………and us, every one..

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  • My favorite story — maybe it’s apocryphal — was him checking out of the Rome hotel where he’d checked in prior to becoming pope. The hotel staff was having difficulty getting the transaction going, especially with all the flashbulbs and commotion that came with the new pontiff. So he offered graciously, “Perhaps it’s because I checked in with a different name?”