Bishop Gregory Hartmayer of Savannah, Georgia spoke on video after the election of Pope Francis. We include his recorded talk above.
Viewers note immediately Bishop Hartmayer’s joyful response to hearing that the Papal Conclave had elected Pope Francis. As a Conventual Franciscan, the bishop understands the pope’s selection of his name. He knows that St. Francis of Assisi was humble and served the poor. The pope – a native of Argentina – gives the poor a voice and energizes the international effort to help them. The fact is that we can all do something to help our impoverished brothers and sisters, whether we spend time in a soup kitchen giving out food or donating funds to a charity.
In his video, Bishop Hartmayer also highlights Pope Francis’ humility. Francis of Assisi always espoused minority, never placing himself above other people. Pope Francis in a similar vein asks all of us to pray for him. He demonstrates his humility in many other ways too. He rides the bus with his fellow Cardinals and cancels his own newspaper subscriptions. Pope Francis even rang one of our friars on the telephone to thank him for a latter and a card that he had sent. Such a simple, humble, gesture demonstrates how much our pontiff cares for each and every one of us.
(Source of image with story: Diocese of Savannah.)