I've spent a fair bit of time over his tenure disagreeing with Pope Francis' politics, which I view as having a highly socialistic slant. But that does not mean that I do not respect the Pope's Christianity. In fact, he appears to be a very compassionate and caring man. He's shown it.
Almost as soon as he arrived in Philadelphia, the pope stopped his convoy and got out of his modest Fiat to bless a boy in a wheelchair, pressed up against the security fence at the airport. The child's mother dissolved into grateful tears.Since becoming pope in 2013, Francis has focused on society's most deprived and needy. He was once photographed embracing a horribly disfigured man."He has a special love for children with special needs," said Eberhard.
I think he deserves to be acknowledged for that compassion, even if I do disagree with him on global warming and illegal immigration issues. In fact, I'd argue that socialism is the opposite of compassion as it creates a cycle of dependency. It's downright feudal in nature.
But that's a debate for another time. I applaud the Pope for his sentiments - his heart is definitely in the right place.