Pope: Pray For Me

Blogged by James Preece on 20th March 2013

What sort of Pope goes around asking people to pray for him? Even protestants! How radical this new Pope is...

And I also appeal to all men - to every man (and with what veneration the apostle of Christ must utter this word: "man"!)
- pray for me!
- help me to be able to serve you! Amen.

Oh wait... that was Pope John Paul II at his inauguration

Let me try again...

My dear friends – at this moment I can only say: pray for me, that I may learn to love the Lord more and more. Pray for me, that I may learn to love his flock more and more – in other words, you, the holy Church, each one of you and all of you together. Pray for me, that I may not flee for fear of the wolves. Let us pray for one another, that the Lord will carry us and that we will learn to carry one another.

Oh wait... that was Pope Benedict XVI at his inauguration.

It's almost as though Pope Francis is doing pretty much what Popes do so far as asking for prayers is concerned. Only, so far as I know he is yet to address us as his "dear friends".

Is he stuffy, regal and exclusive or something?