Jansing and Co | March 19, 2013
>>> as many as 200,000 people packed in st. peter's square for today's installation mass for pope francis. the theme of his homily was "protection of the poor, the young, the elderly, and the environment." he said a little tenderness can open up a horizon of hope. earlier, the pope had traveled in an open jeep instead of the well protected popemobile. look at him stepping out. several times he blessed a disabled man. he kissed babies. he wore simple vestments and black, not red shoes . 132 official delegations were there from around the world. there you see the head of the u.s. delegation vice president joe biden . i'm joined by father john with the archdiocese of trenton, new jersey. good to see you.
>> good to see you, chris.
>> we watched the mass together. it was interesting to see what the pope's twitter feed took out of that not so long homily. he tweeted, true power is service. the pope must serve all people especially the poor, the weak, the vulnerable. we're all looking for clues to what his papacy will be like. what did you learn today?
>> i think it's about the simplicity and focusing on the central mission of the church, which is opening wide the arms of christ to all people, to reach out to them, to bring them in, to draw them in, allow them to feel the love of god . people said that under john paul people came to see him and under benedict people came to hear pope benedict . i think when people come to rome they'll come to feel pope francis, feel the love he just exudes, the simplicity, franciscan spirit of mercy and forgiveness.
>> he has gotten a lot of good reviews so far. you see him in the crowd. for his personality. policy is a different thing especially among american catholics. it was interesting, cardinal timothy dolan was on the "today" show this morning and said he thinks he heard something about maybe a more expanded role for women in the homily today.
>> he said this tender love has to go to creation.
>> to god's creatures, and especially to those who are most fragile, especially those who are poor and struggling and who feel alienated. women are pros when it comes to tender love. will they have a more accented role in his papacy? i wouldn't doubt it.
>> could he surprise us -- women deacons, women priests , married priests ?
>> i think he will surprise us. he, himself, said fidelity to be faithful is always to change. it's a blossoming of growth and that to be faithful is to always change and to bring about change within life because that is the path of the future, the path of hope. i think he knows it is very important that half of the voice of the church was not present in that conclave that elected him. he is aware of that and works in latin america where women make up a large body who spread the word of god , teach the faith to their children. he loves the mother of god , herself, who is the first example to us, really the example of fidelity, the example of change. she who changed her whole life to be bent to the will of god. i think he is aware of that and is going to find a role and a path for women in the church.
>> that's different than we're seeing now. i think so yes. i hope so. it's the hope he spoke of we are going to have you back when that happens, father. thank you so much.
>> you're welcome.