Cal looks forward to meeting Pope Francis on Sept. 24

Although professing fatigue with all of his recent off-court activities, Kentucky Coach John Calipari sounded excited about a scheduled meeting with Pope Francis in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 24.
“I don’t know if I’m going to be able to kiss his ring,” ‘he said after a charity game in Rupp Arena Sunday night, “but I’m going to be there listening to him.”
When a reporter asked if he was a fan of Pope Francis, who has been a polarizing figure for Catholics, Calipari said, “I don’t know if he’s polarizing. But I know this, he cares about people, and every decision he makes (is based on),  is this good for the people? You know, he’s about charity. He’s about forgiveness. And he’s moving the needle.”

Then Calipari turned to the reporter and said, “You must not be Catholic if you think he’s polarizing.”

According to multiple news reports, more conservative Catholics question Pope Francis’ call for compassion and forgiveness, for less attention to hot button issues like abortion and homosexuality.

“He brought us all together,” Calipari said of Pope Francis. “All us Catholics.”