NAHC’s President Responds to TIME’s Person of the Year: Pope Francis
December 13, 2013 09:02 AM
In its most recent edition, TIME magazine has named Pope Francis its Person of the Year. Part of the rational for choosing the new Pope was because of his compassion and caring for those in need.
According to TIME’s profile of him:
“In a matter of months, Francis has elevated the healing mission of the church—the church as servant and comforter of hurting people in an often harsh world…
His vision is of a pastoral—not a doctrinaire—church, and that will shift the Holy See’s energies away from demanding long-distance homage and toward ministry to and embrace of the poor, the spiritually broken and the lonely.”
Put a different way, TIME chose, rather than a political or military leader or entertainer, a caring individual who puts others ahead of himself – the same type of person that is honored and recognized through the Caring Institute.
“It is gratifying to see the work of caring individuals on such a grand scale,” said NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris. “I am reminded of the words another great Catholic leader, Mother Theresa, said to me: ‘Caring is the one word summary of the Golden Rule’. Indeed, it is the common thread through all the great faiths of the world.”
Continued Mr. Halamandaris, “I cannot help but think of all the dedicated home health nurses, aids and therapists who have dedicated their lives to serving others when I see photos of Francis washing a poor woman’s feet or embracing a man with physical disfigurements. These small actions mean so much to those who live in the shadows of life, and it is remarkable that the last true monarch in Europe embraces the caring sprit which runs through the whole of the home care and hospice community as well. I congratulate TIME on their choice, and the Pope on the example he is setting for others around the world.”