Papa, that’s what the pope is called in Mexico. His visit to the US was a big hit with almost everyone, and there’s been a lot written about him and his impact. For example, John Cassidy said this in the New Yorker article “Pope Francis and His Little Fiat:”
What has lifted Pope Francis above the political fray and reinvigorated his office in a way that could barely have been imagined under Pope Benedict, is his peerless ability to convey to ordinary people of all religions and political views his version of Catholicism—a version based largely on the life and teachings of Saint Francis of Assisi, the founder of the Franciscan Order. From choosing to live in a modest guest house, rather than the Apostolic Palace, to washing the feet of a young Muslim prisoner, to inviting dozens of homeless people to tour the Sistine Chapel, Pope Francis has lifted up the papacy by puncturing its grandeur, infusing it with humanity, and, where necessary, cleverly exploiting the power of imagery.
One interesting result of the Pope’s US visit that hasn’t been reported on is the new Scrabble rule announced by Hasbro.
If you can spell PopeFrancis in Scrabble, you win. Forever.