October 14, 2013

Pope Francis' refreshing messages and his willingness to embrace people of all walks of life can serve as an example for Americans divided by social issues and political ideologies, a Georgetown University audience heard.

Decrying a crisis in leadership in the U.S. government, four panelists Oct. 1 offered their take on Pope Francis' papacy, saying the pontiff's expressions of humility offer a new path forward for the world.

"Francis brings that sense of joy, the good news of the Gospel.

Most of all he asks the question, not are you better off than you were, but are we better off.

It's a message we need desperately in this country and in this world and I'm grateful for it," said Mark Shields, a Catholic and a regular commentator on PBS programs.