Pope Francis greets people on the street
Amb Raymond Flynn on the man he knows
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- Date Mar 17, 2013
Amb Raymond Flynn on the man he knows
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Eight hours the -- to get that video of the pope's impromptu appearance it happened right outside the Vatican gates right at the street.
The street light turn right at any came out and as you can see just people kissed him they look at them grabbing them the hugged his shoulders offer their congratulations.
Those who know the Pope this behavior is not surprising at all.
Joining us now with more -- -- Flynn former US ambassador to the Vatican and former mayor of Boston mayor ambassador Flynn welcome good to see you this morning.
Great to be with you -- you know we just saw this video we've got like really somewhat informal refreshing style I would imagine kind of -- reminiscent of Pope John Paul the second.
You have met your little Francis insert.
-- and both of them you know it's really consistent -- You know he's he's a man of the people the man that I met.
-- wrote about them but it's also a -- of humility and more importantly man of forgiveness and is he.
Uttered in his statement today in his impromptu statement.
He said you know sometimes.
People are harder on each of us.
God is on -- sentences.
Now think about what he said he said it's about time.
That we write a new chapter.
And that is about forgiveness and understanding and reaching out to people and you know I think it's providential -- that we do this.
On this the feast of saint Patrick.
Also a man.
In reaching out in -- peace so this is a really.
Night time not only for Catholics.
But for people across the world in my other friend Bartholomew the Greek orthodox patriots.
Patriarch and cans Constantinople.
Is at -- going to attend the installation.
Of hope France's outside yet.
The whole world is changing and thank god far it.
-- just absolutely amazing and you served from Monday through it in 97.
There in the Vatican under the Clinton administration and you -- Pope John Paul the second.
And since you know and had met -- Francis but what what are the parallels are there idiocy and do you think this will be -- new invigorated.
Church because of the selection.
Well I love the simplicity and humility of -- Francis.
We've already heard some of those things recently in the short period of time them and quantum.
But those of us who have been around the Vatican for a number of years know him and who knew his reputation.
In his reputation.
Was exactly what he's talking about today in front too simplistic statement that profound statements about forgiveness.
In connecting with people and particularly -- connecting with the poor.
Wow that is really sensational because that is the principal foundation.
Of the Catholic faith social and economic justice for those of possibly admit -- in politics many years that's where we cut our teeth.
Is on the Catholic teaching of helping the poor social and economic justice and it seems like everything we learned as kids.
Is coming back here today.
-- I saw as the challenger potentially trying to reform the Korea and ambassador you were mayor of Boston for many years.
As and they here.
What does he do as a and executive how can he change the -- the bureaucracy.
As you dealt with everyday in dealing with city agencies.
See -- the number one question do you just dust you can't do it inside Eric you have to have an outsider.
A reform was somebody who books at a problem and brings a new dimension new ideas and new full cuts.
To that problem it can't be done by the status quo at least from my experience and thought he is the politics.
That's why I thought it was so refreshing.
That -- college of cardinals reached outside.
Of the conclave outside of the Roman.
To bring in somebody from Buenos iron -- I suggest that he wasn't even a candidate he certainly wasn't.
You know mention does a viable candidate he's coming and he's going to be a way to look at that problem objectively.
Make the changes that it needed.
Make the change that -- changes that conform.
To -- changing church to change -- culture.
And I think it's a great a great -- you need somebody from the outside to command and deal with systemic.
Status -- problems that's going to be -- challenging -- that firsthand.
ambassador thank you so much and of course.
Let it ride happy Saint Patrick's Day that you beat me do it at the same Patrick's day.
Of course thanks so much.