A pope of the people
“I know that guy!” was my first reaction to our new Pope Francis I.
Like many people around the globe, I was anxiously awaiting the white smoke from the make-shift chimney atop the Sistine Chapel. I could not return to my work until I knew who the new pope would be.
A group of us at the provincial headquarters of the Claretian Missionaries in Chicago had just finished lunch when the white smoke appeared. When the new pope finally came out, wearing his white robes and simple cross, I was surprised that none of the so called “front-runners” made it.