Pope Francis wrapped up his trip to Asia this past weekend, with a reported crowd of six million people attending an outdoor Mass in Manila. Earlier he presided at a smaller gathering at the city’s Cathedral. There were two moments in that Mass that caught our attention. First, near the beginning, when he waved and offered a blessing, showing a lighter and softer side in the midst of the Mass.
Second, we turn to the beginning of the Holy Father’s homily, where laughter ensued.
Of course, all of this is likely overshadowed by the in-flight press conference the Pope held earlier today as he headed back to Rome. In it, he talked about his upcoming trip to the United States, among other interesting and colorful comments. While the details of that trip scheduled for next fall continue to be finalized, one thing is for sure: the Pope and his visit will never be boring.