Salutations – POPE FRANCIS

 

Born on 17th December, 1936,

In Buenos Aires of Italian decent,

Was ordained in 1969,

Rose from priest, bishop, cardinal,

And finally a Pope. 

 

Years of studies , training and experience

Didn’t give up, his learning

All this didn’t happen,

By the touch of a magic wand.

You over came all hurdles

White smoke emerged from the funnel

 

For God got you ready for the call

From the assembled Cardinals at the hall

Chose you first as,

The Bishop of Rome,

Head of the worldwide CatholicChurch,

 

And Sovereign of the Vatican City, State.

You chose the papal name Francis,

In honour of Saint Francis of Assisi

Your humility knows no bound

Cannot be measured in pounds,

 

No luxury house,

No luxury vehicle,

You  housed yourself, in the guest house.

If you think you will get a ride,

In the Papal vehicle,

 

Get ready, Pope Francis

Has better and brighter ideas,

Traveling in public vehicles

For that kind of simple, humble man is he.

When  he was Archbishop in Buenos Aires,

 

Under his leadership –  the priests assigned

To work in the slums, doubled.

As Cardinal Bergoglio, in the suburb of Olivos

Cooked his own meals.

He had relations, with other religious communities,

 

The Eastern Orthodox, TheOriental Orthodox,

TheProtestants, The Jewish and Islamic

In one of his writings, he wrote,

Dialogue is born from attitude

Of respect for the other person,

 

From a conviction, that the other person’s

Point of view, opinion, and proposal.

To dialogue entails a cordial  reception,

Not a prior condemnation,

In order to dialogue, it is necessary,

 

To know how to lower the defenses,

Open the doors of the house,

Andoffer human warmth.

Your interesting dialogues,

Has a way to build bridges,

 

Between people of all background,

Beliefs and faiths,

Combined with love for the forsaken

And some hatred from all around.

You roughed it all out,

 

Didn’t bother about theclouth,

You made a plea for humanity to become,

A better guardian of creation,

By protecting the environment,

You said that:

 

We ask the risen Jesus,

Who turns death into life,

To change hatred into love,

Vengennce into forgiveness,

War into peace.

 

On your first Holy Thursday, as Pope,

You entered a jail in Rome,

Washed the feet of twelve inmates,

In the age group of 14 to 21,

Amongst them  two were women.

 

One a Serbian muslim,

The second an Italian catholic.

You changed the routine history,

 

Moved with time in the 21st  century

Your whole life is one big history,

No fairy tales, no mysteries,

Because you are created of a better mould,

Since Godhas given you, a heart of gold.

 

  

Source: Mary D’cunha – 21/4/2013

 

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