Since his election in March 2013, Pope Francis’ Franciscan “accent” has become increasingly evident. His optimism, creativity, courage, and playful sense of humor are reminiscent of Saint Francis of Assisi. He too engages listeners with warmth and wit, embodying an irresistible, modern spirituality.
What is Pope Francis’ message? In a sentence, it is: “God is love” (1 John 4:8). Love is the energy at the heart of the universe. Love created the world, love sustains the world, and love unites the world. In God’s great heart, we are all connected, we are all one. The hope that Pope Francis articulates is that you will encounter the love of Jesus Christ.