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Die Tageszeitung taz - Germany | 15/03/2013

Francis is a promise to the poor

With its new Pope Francis, the Church has arrived in the globalised world, the left-leaning daily taz writes optimistically: "The first Jesuit on the Chair of St. Peter is proof that a sense of reality and efficiency is needed in the Church administration. And the demonstrative humility of the Archbishop of Buenos Aires makes it clear that the Church is better off dispensing with its official cars and ermine robes and showing its commitment to the poor. … Francis, who turned his back on his wealthy family and dedicated his life to the poor and nature - this is the promise to take the fate of the disenfranchised and the poor seriously and fight against the environmental destruction which threatens their existence more than anyone else's. The Franciscans are viewed within the Catholic Church as the social extremists, the Jesuits as the doers. … Above all for Latin America, Africa and Asia, Pope Francis can shape the identity of the Church in the 21st century. … As the leader of the only global player at the service of the people."

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