Saturday 18 November 2017

I hope new man will re-energise my church

So, habemus papum. We have a pope. Everyone deserves a chance, and it is with optimism that I welcome the new leader of the Catholic Church. What excites me is the fact that Argentinian Jorge Mario Bergoglio is a man of firsts. The first pope from the Americas, the first Jesuit pope and the first pope ever to take the name Francis, the most-loved saint.

Over the past few days I have heard much cynical comment from friends and colleagues. One declared it would make no difference whoever got the job. "He will have no impact on our lives anyway. Nothing will change," she said.

I beg to differ. By the very nature of the job, the pope, whoever he is, has a massive impact all over the world. He is leader of a flock of 1.2 billion, and how he ministers will make a difference.

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