In the few days since he was named, Pope Francis has been busy. By word and deed he is showing the world how he sees his role as leader of the Catholic Church.
Along with many acts of humility, like reaching out to the Eastern Orthodox Church, we have the following:
But he also reached out to those who don't belong "to any religious
tradition" but feel the "need to search for the truth, the goodness and
the beauty of God."
Francis echoed his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, saying that the
"attempt to eliminate God and the divine from the horizon of humanity"
has often led to catastrophic violence.
But Francis, who has set a humbler tone to the papacy since his
election on March 13, added that atheists and believers can be "precious
allies" in their efforts "to defend the dignity of man, in the building
of a peaceful coexistence between peoples and in the careful protection
He showing himself as a true successor to St. Peter and St. Francis.