“Through Pope Francis, Christ has sent us a fresh spring wind in the Church,” said Cardinal Christoph Schönborn at the Blessing of Palms in Vienna. One senses that “Christ is with us along the way.”
Cardinal Schönborn summarized his impressions of the first days of the new pope in Rome, saying that what so moved the people in St. Peter’s Square about Pope Francis is his “simplicity, humility, and straightforwardness.” He added, “Humility makes us free.”
Schönborn said that the pope’s freedom, sovereignty, and spontaneity comes from a deep source, from prayer. At table in St. Martha’s House, Pope Francis told the Viennese archbishop that he gets up at 4:30 every day in order to have two hours of “quiet time” for prayer.
Cardinal Schönborn concluded by saying, “In this spring-like atmosphere in the church, we may look full of joy at Christ, who shows us the way to life, beyond the Cross to Easter morning.”