The Catholic world has a new Pope, but in a great sense, that means the ‘World’ has a new Pope. What he says and the policies he peruses make a huge difference to the lives of many.
Jorge Bergoglio has been elected by the Conclave and he now heads a church in crisis. Many have left the church, particularly in Europe and the USA. Why is this so? Perhaps it is because many do not find the age-old traditions and head-in-the-sand approach applicable to their lives any more.
Will this Pope change that leakage and bring the millions back to the fold? If we look at his record in Argentina there are signs that he will achieve some change, but will he go far enough to reverse the position the Modern Catholic church finds itself in? Time will tell. In the meantime, may he have the strength to see the world as it really is; not from some antiquated and damaging manner that it is done so in the past.