76 YEARS OLD!
THE FIRST NON-EUROPEAN PONTIFF FOR MORE THAN A MILLENNIUM!
Well, these are the thoughts running through my mind. Pope Francis was the Archbishop of Buenos Aires, a surprise choice. I’m watching the BBC news channel right now as a panel of suited and booted men, one wearing a dog collar (as in a member of the clergy . . . not an actual dog collar), tell me that this is a hugely symbolic step, as parts of Latin America are still clutched in poverty, and age is irrelevant when it comes to the papacy (although that seems oddly ironic . . . the last guy just resigned because he was too old) . . . These three men, whoever they are, are predicting he will focus on social justice and inequality.
Oh! We’ve just gone live to Rio . . . oh . . . well it doesn’t look very exciting over there, apparently they all wanted a Brazilian pope. 42% of all Catholics live in Brazil, according to this BBC correspondent. Well, it’s safe to say the BBC obviously thought a Brazilian would be wearing the pointy hat right now . . .
When Francis/Jorge walked out on to the balcony of the Vatican, he asked everyone to pray for him, announcing to the billions watching that the world should set off on a path of love . . . unusual. This guy was also a favourite for the 2005 papal conclave, what makes him the right man now?
So, was Bergoglio the correct choice?