Pope Francis

Topics: Pope, Pope John Paul II, Vatican City Pages: 1 (1456 words) Published: April 23, 2013
Jennifer Willman
Journal #5

I like many others, have become intrigued by our newest pope. I found a few articles online that I have found very interesting. This is the first time that I have actually cared or even read about the pope. As I was reading these articles there were little bits that I had to look up because I had no idea what they were or what they meant. Unfortunately, I resorted to reading the wiki website. I could understand what they were talking about on that website, verses other “official” sites that made no sense to me. This weekend I went to the library with my kids and even picked up a book about the Vatican and the history of all the popes. I’m excited to read it and find out about the different popes.

The first article that I read came from http://theweek.com/article/index/241364/6-key-things-everyone-should-know-about-pope-francis. It talked about the major things that we have already learned about the pope, like his one lung, cooking his own food, and using public transportation. The new things for me were later discussed in this article. I was unaware that Pope Francis bathed and kissed the feet of people that had AIDS, and he has, “chastised priest in his archdiocese for refusing to baptize babies born out of wedlock.” Yes most people know that you cannot contract AIDS by just touching a person; but I think it sends a huge statement to people by having our pope bath and kiss their feet. It warms my heart to see Pope Francis giving this gesture to these patients. It was amusing to learn that the pope chose the name Francis to honor St. Francis of Assisi. St. Francis of Assisi was the founder of the Franciscan order. It is amusing because rather then taking the name of St. Francis Xavier who was the Jesuits first member of his order, he chose St. Francis of Assisi; which apparently is a rival to St. Francis Xavier. The article says, “By choosing the name of the founder of his community’s traditional rivals, Pope Francis...
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