A Week of Juxtapositions
Pope Francis’ visits to Cuba and the U.S. on the eve of the 70th United Nations’ General Assembly meetings in New York heralded a brief interlude during which the entire world paused to listen to a clergyman who, in the local vernacular, not only talks the talk, but one who also walks the walk.
I was so taken by the Pope’s actions, speeches and homilies I fired off an email to a handful of friends, including my preacher, in which I posed the following question: “Francis’ visit is a historic event. His appeal is universal, and he exudes with the spirit of love. How come the Jewish, Muslim, and Protestant denominations don’t have someone of Francis’ character, humility, grace, and faith?”
Halaby, Raouf J. Professor Emeritus, "A Week of Juxtapositions" (2015). Articles. 95.