This is the year of the church, in spite of so many liberal attacks on our faith.
In spite of the denominational lines that define the differences between Catholics, Baptists, Presbyterians, charismatics, Methodists, Episcopalians, Pentecostals, etc., billions of people across the globe still name the name that is above every name, and still bow their knees to Christ.
Congratulations to all of our friends of the Catholic faith on the election of Pope Francis I. He has taken the name of St. Francis of Assisi, a priest known as an evangelist and missionary. He comes from South America, a hotbed of charismatic Catholicism.
Pope Francis I is the first pope to bow down and ask the people to pray for him. What humility! Let us pray, as fellow believers, that God will use this man as an instrument to turn the world back to Christ.
May the life and leadership of Pope Francis I echo the words of St. Francis as he guides Catholic believers “to follow the teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ and to walk in his footsteps.”