With pope pick, an embrace of multiculturalism, global reach

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  • Updated: March 13, 2013 - 8:03 PM

Church now strongest in Southern Hemisphere, not Europe.

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owatonnabillMar. 13, 13 7:00 PM

Francis appears to be set in the mold of John XXIII--more a pastor than a mover-and-shaker (though John XXIII did more than his share of moving and shaking with Vatican II). Not like the rockstar John Paul II and certainly not like the admittedly cerebral but ultimately ineffective Benedict XVI. If the Holy Spirit did indeed guide the Cardinals' choice, then it led to a man of true humility and sincerity. Much of those qualities seem to have been lacking in the Vatican of late. May he serve well.

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ivaro3Mar. 13, 13 9:35 PM

It's about time the Catholic Church reached outside Europe for their Pope, esp if 40% of the world's Catholics are in the Caribbean and Latin America. The world has always been multicultural, so I am not impressed with the idea that the Catholic church has embraced what already exists. That said, I wish the new Pope well and hope he is an observer of truth and not just church tradition.

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boris123Mar. 13, 1310:39 PM

The most remarkable aspect of the selection of this pope has nothing to do with geography but has everything to do with the Society of Jesus. Jesuits are intellectuals, fiercely independent thinkers which nearly banned/ excommunicated them several hundred years ago because of their common sense down /to earth approach to Catholicism was not aligned with the Vatican. They are deeply religious. This Pope is likely to please many and disappoint many who think the church should change to the popular trends in western society. Overall, I predict this to be a very good Pope for the church at this time.

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twspt7Mar. 14, 13 8:42 AM

While I agree with much of what owatonnabill wrote, my first impression of what I have read of Francis is how much he reminds me of the little known Pope John Paul. Intelligence, humility and a real affinity for the common man are traits that could be used to describe both of these men.

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dogfishMar. 14, 13 1:45 PM

The new Pope "looks" like a nice guy. Not trying to be crass but Benedict XVI just didn't look like a very nice man, sorry, he was creepy and mean looking. I wish the new Pontif well.

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supervon2Mar. 14, 13 5:28 PM

It's amazing that the Sack cartoon showed the church as rampant with problems when today's headline is the school system throwing out the leader due to "inappropiate" actions. Think the non-catholics are pure? Guess again.

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