The phrase “once in a blue moon” to signify a rare occurrence is translatable in Italian as “ogni morte di papa” i.e. “every time a pope dies”. Well, the last pope didn’t die, he just retired and the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics now have a new pope with a new name, from the new world and (hopefully) with a new agenda. Voltaire famously said “I don’t agree with a word you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it”. Whether one is a believer or not, respect is due to the Argentinian (of Italian origin) who now presides over a church passing through troublesome times. Watching the events last night on the television, particularly the sudden emission of big billowing white smoke (no, they weren’t burning incriminating documents) from the Vatican chimney, was quite an experience. And now the Pope and I share the same name of Italy’s patron saint!