Father Jim Sichko has a 50-state congregation and a easy mandate from the pope: Go forth and do good deeds.
That is why the Roman Catholic priest found himself standing by the drive-through of a well-liked Hollywood fast-meals joint on a current windy, rain-swept afternoon buying lunch for everybody who stopped by. The subsequent day he’d be at a fuel station in Kentucky, topping off individuals’s tanks. Then it might be on to Arizona where he would — properly, he wasn’t fairly positive what he’d do there, but he’d consider one thing.
At a Starbucks last Christmas, he tipped each of the baristas $one hundred after learning the annual brouhaha over whether the espresso chain’s holiday cups are Christmassy enough had prompted tips to plummet.
Sichko is a papal missionary of mercy, a rarified group of seven hundred from around the globe, together with a number of from america, who have been appointed immediately by Pope Francis in celebration of a “Jubilee of Mercy” that started in December 2015 and has since been extended indefinitely.
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Missionaries have been assigned to journey the world spreading kindness, forgiveness, pleasure and mercy to everyone they encountered. Some responded through the use of their newly granted authority from the pope to perform confession and forgiveness of sins principally anyplace at any time. Others took to radio airwaves or retreats to offer messages of joy.
Sichko, a Kentucky-based mostly preacher, came up with an concept…