The Bishop of Rome on His Holiness throne at the Cathedral Church of Rome, The Patriarchal Basilica of Saint John Lateran
I just watched Pope Francis give his Sunday Angelus to a piazza jam packed with Romans and other pilgrims. All of Pope Francis' audiences are packed and even bad weather doesn't keep the Italians away.
Prior to Pope John Paul II who traveled the globe as the "Supreme Pastor" of the Catholic Church and to a lesser extent, Pope Paul VI who began to leave the confines of his Diocese of Rome, and even though Pope Benedict valiantly went around the world, popes generally stay in their home Diocese, that of Rome to build up the Church of Rome, the Diocese of Rome, the primary see of the Roman Catholic Church.
Secularism in Europe and thus in Italy and in Rome itself has diminished the role of the Diocese of Rome as the Faithful became tepid and no longer practiced their Catholic Faith and the heritage handed on to them by Saints Peter and Paul! They seldom went to Mass.
Pope Francis, by recovering and making central his role as the Bishop of Rome, the Primal See of the Roman Catholic Church, is bringing us back to 1950's Catholicism in Rome where the Bishop of Rome stayed home and ministered to the Romans and other pilgrims that came to see him.
Perhaps it is time for the Bishop of Rome to be the Bishop of Rome and thus create a Diocese of Rome that is exemplar for the entire Church, meaning that the majority of Catholics in this Diocese are practicing Catholics and attending Mass each Sunday and bringing their faith to bear in the public square.
Popes are the Bishop of Rome and they should stay at home to take care of their diocesan family. We all know church workers who throw themselves into their churchy work and let their families fall apart. Popes can do that too when they travel the world and forget their diocese isn't the world, it is the Diocese of Rome. Take care of Rome and let the other bishops take care of their dioceses in union with the Bishop of Rome who sets the example of what it means to be a good Bishop!