Trinity student Alexis de la Rosa is featured in this Catholic News Service video from the Pope’s Mass at the National Shrine on September 23:
“This is a great experience that we will never forget,” writes Erica Lozano (left, below) and Mia Palatucci who both submitted photos:
Assistant Professor of English Wendy Bilen had these thoughtful reflections on the “amazing experience” of seeing Pope Francis this week:
“The Pope is a human like the rest of us. He is also a pastor in the unique position of having the world’s stage around him and a long history of papal behavior behind him. That is why his actions are so telling: a man who fires the corrupt, foregoes lunch with lawmakers to feed the poor, rides in a tiny Fiat instead of a limo–these are the actions of humility and justice that depart from the pomposity often associated with the Vatican, and they set a tone not only for the church but for the world.
“He is drawing attention to the things that matter, and he is showing us that it is possible to be both principled and loving. Clearly there is a hunger for this balance, as his popularity shows. But the reason he does all of this is because of an abiding faith in the One who did it long before.
“I am not Catholic, but I am a Christian, and I see Francis as my brother. I believe that the churches of the world should focus on what unites us rather than on what divides us–this is the church as it is meant to be. This extends to relationships with the Jewish and Muslim communities as well.
“So I was pleased to hear Pope Francis yesterday in person and again today on television. I hope we don’t too quickly forget his words and example. I, for one, will remember the hush on the lawn as he spoke and the way his face lit up when he walked among the children and homeless.”
And students in Professor Bilen’s classes take note!
“His speech to Congress will provide an excellent example for my ENGL 107 students–the way Pope Francis used four individuals to structure his ideas. We will definitely be discussing that next week!”
Here’s a photo from Professor Bilen: