I Shouldn’t Assume Things About Pope Francis…

…like assuming that he doesn’t speak English. See, when he was chosen in the conclave earlier this year, I heard that he spoke a small handful of languages that didn’t include English. I mean, whatever! It doesn’t matter to me because I know that there are many, many competent translators out there.

And when I was in Rio De Janeiro over the summer for World Youth Day, he spoke not a single word of English. Every time I heard him speak, it was either Spanish or Italian. Maybe even Portuguese.

But…just the other day…Pope Francis sends a video message in English (supposedly, for the first time during his pontificate) to the Philippines on their first Conference on the New Evangelization! Sure, he’s reading from paper, but …cool!

What a great, simple, heartfelt, and encouraging message he has for the Philippine Church. 🙂

To make this short video even cooler…that’s my dad’s classmate being all cardinal-y at the beginning…and even more impressive is Pope Francis speaking in Tagalog at the end.

“Mabuhay ang Pilipinas! Mabuhay ang Asia! Pagpalain kayo ng Diyos!”
“Long live the Philippines! Long live Asia! May God bless you!”

And like any Filipino, I’m always impressed when non-Filipinos speak Tagalog. 😀

Amen, Papa Francesco. Amen.
– JD