January 8, 2014

Francis: The Top Latin American Story of 2013

Tim Padgett, Miami Herald

The Associated Press

The fact that Francis is the first pope from the New World is only half the reason. What matters more is that he’s actually made the title “First Pope From The Americas” mean something. He’s brought a refreshingly New World sensibility — a more independent, pro-underdog ethos that I would like to think defines the Americas — to a Vatican steeped in Old World severity. The 77-year-old pope has, in fact, raised expectations that he can change, as well as challenge, the 1.2 billion-member Catholic Church, not just its entrenched bureaucracy but — and millions of Catholics believe this should be his most important endeavor — its controversial doctrine, too.

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TAGGED: 2013, Argentina, Latin America, Pope Francis

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