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Hope for A New Pope

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I am not Catholic. But I have special friends who are. So this has me thinking about the future of The Roman Catholic church. Soon a conclave of Cardinals will gather to decide who the next Pope will be.

It got me thinking about looking at other world leaders and their average age is in comparison to The Pope. In Europe the average age is around 55. In Africa its in the 70’s. It appears to me that a new Pope needs to be somewhere in between that age range. Leading the church into the future will require someone who can be around awhile.

The leader of the Roman Catholic church needs to be spiritually grounded, theologically sound but they have to address many needs so thinking outside the box would be helpful. They need someone who can govern and get control of the problems that have plagued the Church for a long time. Whoever the Cardinals choose needs to be open to the Holy Spirit. This will be an interesting process to watch from a small distance.