Should Non-Catholic Christians Pray for the Pope?

Pope FrancisSome non-Catholics have asked why the media is providing so much coverage of the new Pope, Pope Francis being his papal name. They don’t mind the coverage, they even find it interesting and historical.

In answer to their question, I think that the first and foremost answer would be the fact that the Pope is a VERY influential spiritual leader of those who hold to the Catholic faith.

The global membership of the Catholic Church is 1.6 Billion people. That is “Billion” with a “B.” The global population currently stands at just over 7 Billion (according to the official World Population Clock).

The Pope is the influential spiritual leader of 23% of the world’s population. That is between 1 out of every 4 people, or 1 out of every 5 people is a Pope-influenced person.

That makes the Pope THE most influential leader of the masses (no pun intended!) in the world!

THAT is why almost all the media in the world are focused today upon today’s selection and announcement of the Pope.

As a [non-Catholic] Christian, I therefore believe that it is prudent to include the Pope in the list of world leaders that I pray for regularly (scripture teaches us to pray for leaders). In fact, because of the influence the Pope has upon so many of my fellow Americans, it is prudent to include him in the prayer list of America’s leaders.

See you at the altar of prayer where we pray for all leaders, who [according to scripture] have been given by God authority, power, and influence to serve the population.


One thought on “Should Non-Catholic Christians Pray for the Pope?

  1. Many forget that being Catholic does not negate being a Christian. I grew up in the Catholic faith and yes, many of the church teachings are not biblical in their core. But the same salvation message is there when one wades through the other and I value the years I spent in coming to love the Lord, the quietness and awe of the Mass.

    Many Catholic churches are now offering Bible studies and I have participated in them not far from my apartment. It has been an amazing experience to be with a gamut of people, some who have been through Bible Study Fellowship, through Biblical study at other churches and yet hold fast to their upbringing as Catholic and remain a part of that church affiliation. There have been some in our group who opened the Bible for the first time. I have loved being a part of such a move even though I attend another church – and often try to go to Mass as I love that experience which was a part of my Christian upbringing.

    I am hoping that Pope Francis may bring a different view of “Pope”. Too many see all the pomp and circumstance, the attire and do not look below the surface to see the heart and faith commitment of this seemingly humble man. I am sure he is in for adjustments having to move into the apartment in the Vatican complex – a change from the setting where he lived before, truly one of the people whom he served. May he continue to serve from the same heart – if not geographical location.



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