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A Pope for All

As I write this column, our Holy Father, Pope Francis, is on his visit to Brazil. Hopefully this will be the first of many journeys that he will undertake to strengthen the faithful and give hope to the poor. While the eyes of many are focused on St. Mary’s Hospital in London from where the royal baby will emerge, many others are following the Pope’s voyage. In the four months that he has been the head of the Church, he has managed to electrify many Catholics and has captured the imagination of non-Catholics.

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Jesus' Success

Last weekend I was watching the Australian Open when Stan Wawrinka from Switzerland beat Rafael Nadal in four sets. Before the match no one expected that number 8 seed could beat the number one seed in a Grand Slam. The tennis world has been ruled for the last several years by the top four players – Nadal, Djokovic, Murray and Federer. For Wawrinka the taste of victory could not have been sweeter and for Nadal it was a bitter night. As the festivities continued and the crowds went gaga over the new champion, I could see Nadal recede into the shadows unacknowledged and forgotten. That is when I began to think how our world loves a winner and does not care for losers.

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The Way of Compassion

At the end of last year cable news channels and other media outlets were vying with each other to prepare lists of the best and the worst, of the most significant and the most banal stories of 2013. Interestingly one story kept appearing on the top of most lists with uncanny consistency. It was the story of our new Pope. Audiences of CNN voted Pope Francis as the most important personage of the year just as TIME magazine was declaring him the Person of the Year and featuring him on the cover. It is not unusual that secular media have been captivated by Popes before. In fact other Popes have graced the covers of important magazines. However, no other Pope has captured the imagination of both Catholics and non-Catholics so rapidly. Certain polls showed that almost 75% of all Americans and 88% of Catholics had a positive opinion of the new Pontiff.

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Who is Fr. Britto?

Born in India to deeply-committed Catholic parents, Fr Britto is one of seven children. He joined the Salesians of Don Bosco as a young man and was ordained a priest in 1981.

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