The cardinals were very quick in choosing a new pope: an experimented argentinian jesuit of 76 known for his sense of simplicity: the new pope François.
The choice of a south-american pope is of significant importance. For the first time, the Church will be led by a non-european. It is a great opening to the realities of faith in South-America and in the hispanic world where lots of catholics still pray with zeal and fervor. Europe is a decadent continent from the economic and spiritual point of view. While churches are becoming more an more empty and while mosques are constantly being built in Europe, the election of an argentinian cardinal is a hope for Europe, where the church is deeply suffering from disregards of the citizens and distrust.
Hope of a renewed church which will open Europe to the spirituality of South-America, hope of a chuch that will dare seeing the depravities of child abuse by clergymen and will listen to the victims, hope of a church that will take care of the needs of the grassroots christian communities everywhere.
Pope François can reform the church to avoid its withering, particularly in Europe where we live.
The choice of a jesuit Pope is also a good sign for the church. The jesuits are well known as diplomats, cunning and smart.
From our heart, good luck Pope François.
Miguel D. DESNERCK, publisher BRUSSELS DIPLOMATIC