I'm a Catholic.
And it's Good Friday (the biggest day in Holy Week besides Easter).
So I thought today's as good a day as any to learn about the new Pope.
Here's what I know:
- Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio is the first Pope from the Americas.
- He is the first Pope named Francis, after St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of the poor.
- He is the first Pope to pick a new name in more than a thousand years.
- He is the first Jesuit Pope. They are known as teachers, which explains why the all buildings at my college (Fairfield U -- go Stags!) were named after them (Loyola, Xavier, Gonzaga, Bellarmine, Canisius, Campion, and one very wealthy donor named Dolan).
- He is a humble man who takes public transportation and cooks his own meals.
- He lived in a small apartment in Buenos Aires and is living in a modest Vatican guest house rather than the formal papal residence.
Here's what I hope:
- He is able to re-engage the world's 1.2 billion Catholics and repair a religion that is in bad shape.
- He will see the dire need to evolve and modernize the church's views.
- He can restore honor to the priesthood.
Here's what I believe:
- Going to church on Sundays doesn't make you a good person, being a good person does.
- God loves and accepts everybody. Everybody.
- Everything happens for a reason.
Here's one last thing:
If you're ever stuck in an airport on a Friday during Lent, find a Wendy's. Their fish sandwich is far tastier than McDonald's. It is also crispy and filet-shaped, not a creepy perfect square like the Filet-O-Fish. But hit up McDonald's for the fries. You know why.
Happy Easter Sunday, if you celebrate it. And happy Easter Monday Candy Sale at CVS, if you don't!