Pope Francis waves from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica following his election March 13, 2013. March 13 marked the fourth anniversary of the Argentine cardinal's election as pope. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
March 13 2018, marks the fifth year anniversary of the election of the relatively unknown Cardinal Bergolio, from Argentina, to the Chair of St. Peter, who, as Pope Francis, has gone on to become one of the most riveting, intriguing and remarkable world leaders of our time.
Since his election, Pope Francis has not only rejuvenated the Catholic Church but has single handily refreshed the way the secular world traditionally sees the message of Christ. He's added, so to say, a new lens through which we as Catholics see ourselves and our church, through the lenses of dialogue and mercy.
Working in Catholic Media over the past years, many of my colleagues would agree with me when I say that the election of this humble Jesuit has somehow supercharged the zeal with which we cover Catholic news. There hasn't been a dry period for Catholic/Christian stories since his election and he continues to surprise the world with his comments, energy and direction which in turn, has given us media people, a seemingly endless supply of stories to cover. It's as though the election of Cardinal Bergolio, five years ago, was a massive stone thrown into the sea causing not ripples, but tsunamis of news stories.
Now, five years later, it is simply amazing to see many of the big secular media outlets, some of those who have been traditionally anti-Catholic, now reporting on his message. Why? It's because the world has never seen such a powerful world figure, be such a stunning contradiction to all that the materialistic world holds near and dear, and speak so simplistically, live so humbly and love so mercifully. This Pope moves to tears even the most rigid of hearts.
The past five years, this Pope, has been a marathon of non-stop news stories. He has provided for us in Catholic Media, a seemingly endless supply of easily-digestible messages that are so relevant and so easy to understand. It has been a marathon of hope, of dialogue, of surprises which has brought some nail-biting moments in the news-room, some tears and in many occasions, exuberant cheers, in a way that only a person so profoundly synchronized with Christ can bring.
Reporting on this Pope from afar has led me to this one realization. It is more important to know Jesus than to know about Jesus. I believe that, as Catholics, true virtue lies in our efforts to focus on understanding Christ's true message, to know him and to try to live by his example, as this Pope has been showing us over the past many years.
I'd like to share this video that our friends at America Media have just put together that highlights the top 10 Pope Francis moments since his election.
It is without a doubt, a very exciting time to be a Catholic and especially to be in position to help spread and proclaim his message in the media. The past five years has been a tidal wave of emotion that I hope doesn't end anytime soon.
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