He has a great love for the Blessed Mother. I read yesterday about his devotion to Our Lady, undoer of knots. There will certainly be lots of knotty problems facing our Holy Father from dealing with the SSPX, cleaning up corruption, etc. He couldn't choose a better helper.
How humble and lovely to go off and pay his own bill at the hotel. It shows a man who isn't too big to do little things and say thank you to those who serve him.
Urging his Argentina flock to stay home and give the money to the poor instead shows real detachment. Who wouldn't want to be surrounded by friends at a time like this. But he appears to have a real heartfelt love for the poor, unlike many "princes" of the Church who live like royalty and love the trappings and fawning attentions of worldly princes. I pray he is a John Fisher among the Cardinal Wolseys of the Church, with the spirit of the martyr, but the ability to successfully restore the bride of Christ.
Speaking of reform - he didn't reconfirm the bureaucrats breaking with the tradition of past popes. Good! Maybe we can hope he really will clear out some of the "smoke of Satan" from the Vatican bureaucracy.
His visit to the tomb of Pope Pius V may be a sign of his respect for the reforming pope. Was he attempting to dispel concerns about his respect for the ancient Mass? Does it hint at his own intention to bring about true reform like his predecessor?
He has eloquently defended marriage and has opposed homosexual unions and adoption. How many of his brethren have been that courageous? We need boldness as the world collapses everywhere into the Sodom and Gomorrah sinkhole. It looks like he has that kind of backbone.
The pope's installation Mass will be held in St. Peter's square -- NO TICKETS -- anyone may attend. Reading that made my heart leap with the joy. The hoi polloi are welcomed by this pope. Maybe he's a cleric that really does believe we are all essential to Holy Mother Church, not just the big donors, the powerful, and the celebrities.
Something tells me I'm really going to love this pope! He sounds like the "papa" we all need. Viva il papa!