Pope Francis from Argentina : Pope Francis is a humble, old-fashioned Jesuit priest who took the bus to work as cardinal of Buenos Aires, cooked his own meals, refused to live in the church\’s magnificent mansion and slept in a simple bed in a modest home heated by a tiny stove.Here is a Pope who practices what he preaches, regularly touring the slums in the city of Buenos Aires.
Born in 1936 the son of an Italian railway worker. He was born in the Argentine capital and is a trained chemist. He has spent nearly his entire career in Argentina. He is man of simplicity and humility. He likes to be the antithesis of Vatican pomp, splendor and luxuries of high office.
He apparently told Argentinians not to travel to Rome to celebrate if he was appointed but to give their money to the poor instead. The Church hierarchy can learn a lot from him; hope he will open the eyes of many in the Catholic Church starting from Cardinals to priests.
Before Easter in 1999, about a year after being named archbishop of Buenos Aires, Pope Francis washed the feet of 12 AIDS patients in a local hospital. The next year he washed the feet of 12 prison inmates. He has done the same thing every year since, with members of different social groupings. (Jesus’PaadaPooja).How many Cardinals or even priests will do such a thing, instead these people likes their feet washed and kissed by others.
Hope and pray the church leaders of today who forget their calling and enjoying lavish luxuries of modern world, learn from this simple Man of God.
Pope with a Missing Lung
Pope Francis, who had part of a lung removed at age 21 because of illness, probably won\’t be physically restricted in any way as a result. In the mid-1950s, doctors didn\’t have widespread access to antibiotics that are available now, and thus removing the lung was often the best option. While no specific cause has been given for the pope\’s partial lung removal, the young Jorge Mario Bergoglio may have had tuberculosis or necrotizing pneumonia, where bacteria destroys the lung tissue.
We know, there are one-lunged runners have even completed marathons. So let us pray the new Pope can run his marathon in Vatican and clean out some of the garbage in Catholic Church for good.