Today Pope Francis addressed the crowd of 50,000 outside the U.S. Capitol from the Speaker’s Balcony. Among other things, surprisingly, he said:
And if there are among you any who do not believe or cannot pray, I ask you to please send good wishes my way.
I thought that was a powerful statement. I have been critical of the Pope in these posts and pages from time to time, but in the last few days in America, he has earned my respect.
He will have a deep and positive impact on the course of our world for some years to come.
He is someone I would be proud to know.
He is a man of — grace.