Weird times here in New York, with Pope Francis in town.
And under that scaffolding, commerce. Hey, it’s New York. Papal flags, calendars, bracelets, all available on the street.
This pope is much less imperious than his predecessors. He’s being greeted like a rockstar for his connection to ordinary people, his relative joviality and, when it comes to climate change, his embrace of science. His traveling Popemobile is Fiat, he doesn’t live in the papal palace and has been seen carrying his own (albeit small) briefcase. He acknowledged the construction workers who did repairs and renovations to St. Patrick’s Cathedral. (Yeah, I dislike cathedrals, they’re antithetical to the teachings, but I have family in construction and I respect their work .)
This will be one of the more interesting world leaders to watch. And it will be more fun to see the other world leaders’ and wannabees’ reactions.