Pope Francis is "a great gift to the church," Utah Bishop John C. Wester said Friday. "In the midst of Lent, he is a glimpse of Easter."
Like so many Catholics across the globe, Wester is already charmed by the new pontiff's "signs and symbols."
The Argentine's simple dress, his jumping on the bus with the other cardinals rather than taking the papal car, paying his own hotel bill and offering a humble prayer with the crowds gathered at St. Peter's are "little gestures, but they mean a lot," the bishop said. "It is clear that he will make his own path."