13 Mar Two years into papacy, Francis continues path set in first moments
The Italians were ecstatic when his papal title “Francis” was announced, said Kim Daniels, senior advisor to Catholic Voices USA.
“‘Francesco! Francesco!’ they kept saying,” Daniels said. “St. Francis [of Assisi] is so important to all of us, and especially to Italians.”
And Pope Francis has followed the example of his patron saint. Firstly, he puts his faith into concrete action and “interacts with people directly,” Daniels said.
St. Francis also preached love of peace and care for the environment. “I think it’s clear that Pope Francis is pointing in that direction as well, as we look forward to the ecology encyclical coming out this summer,” she continued.
With the crowd at fever pitch, the new pope asked for silence and prayer. That was an “extremely powerful moment,” Daniels described.
“The silence really spoke something about the humility at the heart of our faith and reminded us that we find God in silence.”