Pope Francis

As a young man, Jorge Bergoglio was a bouncer at a nightclub, ejecting undesirables. Sixty years later he’s still minding the door, but now, as Pope Francis, he has thrown the Catholic Church open to all, especially the dispossessed, the disbelieving, the wayward and adidas philippines sale the wicked. Recently, he announced a welcoming path back to the Church for those who’ve been through divorce and abortion. And he’s declared 2016, “the year of mercy.” What can we expect when the pope comes to visit? Well we got a preview at a spectacle, that’s held every Wednesday in Rome called the General Audience. This month, the Vatican invited us to have a word with Pope Francis, and witness the moving experience coming this week to the United States.

At first light, Wednesdays, St. Peter’s Square prepares for the man that no one saw coming. The first pope from the New World, who had pulled in behind the first papal resignation in 600 years, grabbed his hat, this past week, and went back to work before a crowd of 30,000 or more, his 103rd General Audience. So far, 15 million have met Francis in Rome. But don’t ask them what to expect because God only knows.

Ken Hackett: Do they have a good idea? No! He’s a pope of surprises. He is so spontaneous and it makes people feel wonderful. ambassador to the Holy See, Latin for “Holy Seat.”

Ken Hackett: First of all, they’re going to see a pastor, and if they don’t know what a pastor is, they’re going to learn quickly. Because he’s genuine. He’s intelligent. He moves from the heart. He’s somebody who is not afraid. He is about the people who are in need and suffering and going through turmoil in their lives. He is trying to be there with them. for the first time in his life Washington, New York, Philadelphia.

Ken Hackett: It is such a special moment for so many people, and we’re going to see that in the United States in all three cities.

Those special moments arise because the pope understands what is not obvious. The General Audience is not about the pope. It’s about thousands of burdens, dreams, hopes and regrets hauled into the square, to be lifted by a 78 year old man.

David Yoder: I have never photographed anything like that before where you had so much raw emotion just laid out in front of you.

The emotion is captured by National Geographic’s David Yoder.

Pope Francis embraces a member of the crowd during a General AudienceDavid Yoder: It’s like they don’t have any walls when they meet this guy. It’s like finding a long lost relative is what I see. Some of them are euphoric.

Scott Pelley: Any moments that surprised you, any time you thought to yourself “Did I just see that?”

David Yoder: All the time.

Yoder worked six months, shooting 68,000 images for the magazine and a new book on life at the Vatican.

Scott Pelley: What’s happening with this man?

David Yoder: Well, Pope Francis had just blessed him, had just laid his hand on his forehead and he’s just overcome. He is completely broken down emotionally. The experience was so powerful for him.

Scott Pelley: What do you see in the pope’s face?

David Yoder: I’m sure that he really enjoys it. I think he pushes it up to the point to where he exhausts himself sometimes. He’s a very sincere person when it comes to meeting people. He’ll fluctuate between serious and laughing. It’s really been interesting to watch.

Monsignor adidas philippines office address Guillermo Karcher: It’s his style of life. The style of living each moment. But he has this way, maybe a little Latino, a bit South American.

Monsignor Guillermo Karcher is a fellow Argentinean, who is the strong right arm for the man he’s known 23 years. Ask Karcher about the best moment and he remembers the first Mass in the square.

Monsignor Guillermo Karcher: He was in the Popemobile and he hit it and said we must stop and he got off to bless and embrace a quadriplegic. And I remember that the following day I asked him how he had realized that in the middle of that huge crowd there was someone with such need to receive a caress and a blessing? And he said, “I perceive it.” And I can assure you that morning I took a step backward because I realized I’m truly in front of someone who is special.

Special for his humility because Francis forsakes what most people desire, he has the power to give them what they need. He turned down the Apostolic Palace where popes roomed with Michelangelo and moved into a Vatican hotel. His room 201 is more Sherwin Williams than Rafael.

He ditched the papal limousine and the traditional red slippers for a blue Ford Focus and clunky orthopedic adidas basketball shoes. And he works like a man who’s adidas running shoes out of time.

Monsignor Guillermo Karcher: He gets up at 4:30 in the morning. From 5:00 to 7:00 he prepares his interior life, with prayer and reflection, his daily homilies.

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