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October 4, 2013 at 6:50 AM

A tip of the zucchetto to Pope Francis

So maybe the pope’s own white beanie is the wrong hat to invoke, but the head of the Roman Catholic Church would be the first to acknowledge the intended compliment.

Pope Francis (AP Photo/Luca Zennaro)

Pope Francis
(AP Photo/Luca Zennaro)

Pope Francis is new to the job, but the holy leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics has already set himself apart from his predecessors. Francis’ refusal to castigate or judge gays was only the beginning. He wants his church to be open and inviting to all, and sensitive to the problems of young and old.

The New York Times reported Francis wagged a papal digit at an insular church, and is intent on challenging the Vatican bureaucracy known as the Roman Curia. Oh my. Does the Holy Father really know what he is taking on with that pledge?

Pope Francis is setting a powerful example for other faiths and religious institutions to open their doors to all, and put the needs of the congregation above the perquisites of the vocation.

 

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