By now, most of the readers would have heard about Pope Francis visiting the Philippines #PopeFrancisPH
I was showing his videos to J&S my boys aged 13 and 7 respectively. I was showing them how much respect I have for the Pope for the way he interacts with people of all ages, color and creed – how he keeps a smile on his face, and blesses everyone as he meets them. My 7-year old asked me, who is a Pope. Out of convenience, I told him casually, ‘well, think of him as a Maulvi’. ‘Oh okay,’ he said thoughtfully. ‘So mama, who is our Pope in Pakistan?’
His question, which came as a painful shock to me, left me speechless. I wish I could show him one religious leader in Pakistan who is loved and respected as much as the Pope, even the Muslim Ummah if you please, and who in return would treat people with this much love and compassion. I give up. Can you think of one such name? Will somebody please stand up?