A Father Like Francis by Christina Mead • March 14, 2013 I needed Pope Francis. And not only because I'm part of the Catholic Church and we were without a shepherd . . . I mean I needed him because I'm sinful, and broken, and I need a constant reminder of how to be like Christ. I have been awestruck by him from the first moment he walked out onto the balcony, to the last news article I read about him.