Opinion Analysis

Sunday 24 September 2017

Tom Heneghan: Pope Francis is an experienced manager set for reform

Pope Francis waves as he leads the weekly general audience in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican
Pope Francis waves as he leads the weekly general audience in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican

By Tom Heneghan, Reuters

FRANCIS of Assisi began his saintly career following what he said was God's command: "Rebuild my Church." The new pope who took his name heard the same message from the cardinals who elected him.

The 13th-century Francis toured the Italian countryside repairing dilapidated chapels before realising his mission was to change the whole Roman Catholic Church.

At 76, Pope Francis does not have as much time to get to work.

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