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Cdl. Dolan on the Relevance of St. Francis

He touches on religious freedom and the election as well.

Before I leave for Rome tomorrow, and the all-month meeting of the Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization, I wanted to share some thoughts with you on this beautiful feast of St. Francis of Assisi. St. Francis was a completely unexpected man: suddenly, seemingly from nowhere, came a unique figure, perhaps the most Christ-like of saints in the two millennia of Christian history, beloved ever since by peoples across the globe of all creeds or none at all. That a St. Francis could happen at all is a reminder that God is full of surprises—for it was God who raised up this singularly Christ-like figure—and that history often takes unexpected turns.
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