Since his papacy began in March 2013, Pope Francis has become the ‘talk of the world’, starting with being referred to as the ‘world’s parish priest’ to being voted as ‘TIME Magazine’s Person of the Year 2013’.
During the last ten months, he has also: – become the most influential world leader on Twitter (July) – been determined as the most-talked about person of the year online (by Global Language Monitor’s survey) – topped the list of Facebook’s trending topics (December)
In December, the popular Pontiff graced the cover of the New Yorker magazine while Rappler.com summed up what we can learn from the Pope’s most memorable quotes, in the form of 10 New Year’s resolutions:
- Don’t gossip
- Finish your meals
- Make time for others
- Choose ‘the more humble’ purchase
- Meet the poor ‘in the flesh’
- Stop judging others
- Befriend those who disagree
- Make commitments, such as marriage
- Make it a habit to ‘ask the Lord’
- Be happy
To start off the New Year, Pope Francis made the headlines as ….”Popular voice in the Capitol? It is the Pope’s”.
What do you think Pope Francis has to say about being the center of all this attention?Quite aptly, as noted in an excerpt from cnn.com:
“The Vatican welcomed Time’s selection, while making it clear the man so widely recognized for his humility didn’t seek the award and didn’t want its light to shine on him but on the mission of the church.
“We think that the declaration of the Pope as the man of the year is a positive sign… because it is a very prestigious declaration, given to a man who announces the love of God and the peace for all,” the Rev. Federico Lombardi told reporters. “And the Pope does not look for honors, but he is happy if his message — his message of the love of good — is received and understood. And then, in this sense, he can be happy of this declaration.”
May the good Lord continue to bless and guide our Pope Francis. Let us learn to be more like him. Amen.