‘Francis is a man who walks the talk,’ says the official. ‘He talks about a life of modesty and lives that life.’
The success of this approach is written in numbers. Astonishing, gravity-defying numbers.
In Britain, attendances at Catholic cathedrals are up by a reported 20 per cent. In Italy, congregations have grown by a quarter.
In his native Argentina, the number of people who define themselves as ‘religious’ rose 12 per cent this year.
When Francis visited Brazil this summer, he drew an estimated three million to the Copacabana beach. Twice.
Meanwhile, a recent CNN poll suggested three-quarters of American Catholics approve of him — more than for any other religious figure in the world….
…And right now, you don’t have to look far to realise that this Man of the Year is solid gold.
And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty (Revelation 16:13-14).
…and all the world wondered after the beast (Revelation 13:3).