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Pope Francis Will Transform Latin America

By Tuesday, 25 March 2014 08:11 AM Current | Bio | Archive

Little more than a year has passed after the historic announcement “Habemus Papam” ("We have a Pope") made by Cardinal Tauran, from the central balcony of Saint Peter, where he introduced to a euphoric multitude and the world a Pope who immediately seduced everybody with his humble look and plain speech.

During his first year, Francis has sought to transform not only related to the Catholic Church. He is trying to bring more transparency to its government and finance by modifying some rules and curbing power of the Roman Curia, the bureaucracy that for centuries has ruled absolute. At the same time he is working hard for interfaith dialogue with Judaism and Islam.

But his work has not only been circumscribed to religion. Francis has also made contributions to fulfill the real ideological vacuum the humankind is facing. He saw fit to call for economic reform in order to make a more humane civilization, which provoked some critics but also has reinforced that traditional role of the church.

He is also launching some programs aimed at better education, which he sees as the key to uplifting the poor.

To that end, he is extending an idea he developed as Archbishop in Buenos Aires: to connect in a same network different schools, no matter their economic level, origin, or religion.

"Scholas Ocurrentes" (a worldwide network of schools)  is realizing that dream. Led by the same two Argentina school directors who were overseeing the local experience, Enrique Palmeyro and José María del Corral, its main goal is to connect students, teachers, and parents for projects and programs, using popular sports and culture to promote the program, in order to improve the quality of their education and, at the same time, to reinforce peace and understanding.

It is not available only to Catholic schools; Francis wants to build bridges which can link the whole world.

Popes play a central role in international matters as John Paul II did, in alliance with Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher, and Lech Walesa at the collapse of the Soviet Empire.

The question is, Will Pope Francis adopt a similar position and take global advantage of his spiritual leadership over almost 20 percent of the human race? His popularity around the world and the fact to be the most powerful and influential Latin American person ever, lead many experts to predict he will do just that.

If Francis has success in his enormous undertaking in reforming the church and in his contribution to the generation of a better and fairer world, he will demonstrate that it is possible to work for the poor and to achieve very important goals without stealing funds.

He will demonstrate that a Latin American leader can transform and bring transparency to a very storied organization as the Catholic Church without renouncing his values and principles. That will be his most important contribution to the world and especially to his country Argentina.

God save Pope Francis.

Luis Rosales was elected as the youngest state representative in Mendoza, Argentina, in 1989. In 2011 he was candidate for governor in Mendoza, representing Compromiso Federal, a union of three local and national conservative parties. He is the Latin American partner of Dick Morris. Together they have worked in more than a dozen presidential campaigns around the region. They have written the book “El Poder,”  about their experiences in Latin America and other parts of the world. To read more of Luis Rosales' reports, Go Here Now.

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