Pope Francis’ visit to the United States has been the focal point of all news outlets in the United States for the past few days – and with much cause! The Pontiff’s trip has already made waves with his speech at the White House focusing on Global Warming and his much anticipated remarks before Congress tomorrow (an event I am sadly missing due to a business trip) and a speech before the General Assembly of the United Nations.
What is so remarkable, and frankly admirable, about Pope Francis is not only his lofty goals and ideals expressed in his remarks, but more importantly his willingness to demonstrate them through his actions. As I watched footage of his arrival in Washington yesterday, I was immediately struck by the car he was entering. In Washington in particular, a black SUV is almost a status symbol. For the Pope to enter a small and accessible Fiat send a very strong message – one I wish more leaders were willing to follow.
Ultimately, I think this is an excellent symbol not only for the Pope’s message, but also of the humility and genuine of the Pontiff himself!