Papa Francesco

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!


2 thoughts on “Papa Francesco

  1. Dearest Francis It was indeed very emotional seeing that the 266th Pope was finally elected and named chosen name Francis 1st you seem to have something in common at least in the name well let s hope that despite saying Chiesa Povera that He will respect all that the previous Popes have created. Poverty is the in word these days it seems but so called Poverty has always existed there are people that feign poverty people that through laziness live in poverty people that like St Francis of Assisi elected the role of poverty the main thing I believe is Charity to be kind to people and understanding inclusive helpful I heard today that if someone knocks at our door we are to let them in as it may be Jesus now imagine that so stated in the Bible!Love alexandra

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