When Pope Francis appeared before the vast, cheering crowd in St. Peter’s Square, and a television and Internet audience watching from around the world, his presence marked the joyful culmination of an anxious pilgrimage for Catholics eager for a Vicar of Christ.
For many weeks, Masses were celebrated and Rosaries prayed, imploring God for a new shepherd after Benedict’s resignation.
As he looked out into the crowd, Pope Francis seemed to understand that our fears would be quieted by his presence. The humble Church leader from Argentina would be the “rock” for the faithful across the world.
“As you know, cardinals were picking a bishop for Rome. It seems like my brother cardinals...READ MORE