Archbishop Charles Chaput met the man who was introduced to the world March 13 as Pope Francis while both were attending the Synod for America in Rome in 1997. The archbishop of Philadelphia talks here with the Register about his initial impressions of the man who would become pope and what he expects from his papacy.
At the time you met the man we now know as Pope Francis, did you see anything in him that would suggest he could be a future pope? Could you share other impressions of him from that meeting?
I was struck by how keenly he listened to the synod’s speakers and how well he understood the issues facing the Church in both North and South America. But, mainly, I remember...READ MORE