- Jay Parini: Like other Christians, I look to Francis for spiritual leadership and moral authority
- He challenges us on so many fronts: climate change, humility, inequality; how can we take on his challenges?
Jay Parini, a poet and novelist, teaches at Middlebury College. He is the author of "Jesus: The Human Face of God." The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.
(CNN)Why does Pope Francis stir respect, even love, in the hearts of millions, including non-Catholics? Like other Christians, I look to Francis for spiritual leadership. Here are 10 reasons why so many of us admire this pontiff, and why his examples set a moral challenge for us on many fronts.