He’s bald, lives in a dorm, rides around in an old car, has one lung and a spreading waistband.
And he’s a rock star.
In fact, he’s the rock star on the planet today.
He is also living proof that love, goodness and the joy of Christ Jesus are what people want in this world.
Pope Francis, with his gentle ways and loving heart has taught us all a little bit of what Jesus meant when He used the word “shepherd.” I don’t know about you, but of all the rock stars and celebrities who are forever trying to get in front a camera, this is the only one I would give just about anything to meet.
Pope Francis isn’t just the world’s rock star, he’s my rock star.
Recent surveys show that Pope Francis’ popularity just keeps climbing. I think the reason for this is simple, and it has nothing to do with his “progressive” views. This is a man we feel we could go to and tell him the worst thing we ever did, or the worst thing that was ever done to us, and trust that he would respond with love and the forgiveness of Christ.
That is what draws people to him. He may stick his foot in his mouth once in a while. And he may not cut a dashing figure in his black shoes and simple zucchetto, but he’s everybody’s heart throb, just the same.
People everywhere, whether they will admit it or not, hunger for the love and forgiveness that only comes from Jesus. Pope Francis is a conduit of that love. He represents the hope of forgiveness and acceptance before the throne of God. He is Christ’s Vicar, and the love of Christ shines through him.
That’s why he’s a rock star.
Nine in 10 US Catholics now say they have a favorable view of Francis, including nearly 6 in 10 who have a “very favorable” view, according to a report released Thursday from the Pew Research Center to mark the second anniversary of the pope’s election.
… Among the findings:
Seven in 10 adults see the pope favorably, up 13 points from his election two years ago
Those who have an unfavorable view of the pope hovers at 15 percent, climbing just a few points from a low of 11 percent last year
And those with no opinion on the pope has dropped from a high of 30 percent to 15 percent