Reason for pope’s popularity seen not only in message but in his example

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April 8, 2015

Washington cardinal attends White House Easter prayer breakfast

Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington attends an Easter prayer breakfast in the East Room of the White House in Washington April 7. The breakfast, a tradition begun by U.S. President Barack Obama, brings together prominent and grass-roots Christian religious leaders from across the country. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn)

WASHINGTON (CNS) — When Pope Francis comes to the United States in September, his message will be that “God loves all of us the way we are” and “God asks us to love one another,” said Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington.

“We see in him not just the message, but how you do it,” the cardinal said in an interview with Fox News on Easter. “The way in which he lives, treats people, responds to people says, I think, to many people … he sounds and looks a lot like what Jesus would have sounded like.”

Cardinal Wuerl said that “a beautiful part of his ministry” and why people find Pope Francis “so inviting” is that “he keeps saying, ‘Go out, meet people where they are, and accompany them on their journey,’ so that perhaps all of us could get a little closer to where we all need to be.”

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