Today marks the second Easter Sunday with Pope Francis sitting firmly atop the throne of St. Peter. But this Pope does more than just sit and pontificate - or shoot the papal bull. He exudes humanity, much like the Christ whom he ceaselessly promotes. Pope Francis is not a totalitarian autocrat or a soulless bureaucrat - he is a real live human being who is in tune with the world around him. He is a much needed fresh breeze blowing joyously out of the Vatican!
Pope Francis, who has been in office just over a year, rattled the teacups of conservative Catholics this week when he washed the feet of twelve disabled individuals on Holy Thursday instead of the traditional papal practice of washing the feet of twelve priests - representing the twelve apostles. Last year on his first Holy Thursday as Pope, Francis scandalized Christendom by washing the feet of women and Muslims.
Back in earlier days while still a bishop in Argentina, the man who would become Pope Francis even washed and kissed the feet of AIDS patients on Holy Thursday.
Wouldn't it be great if all of the world's political and religious leaders could prove to be so useful!