Jesuits rejoice at election of 'one of them'
See Pope Francis as a 'shock' to the Roman Curia14 March, 16:26
"A pope taken 'from the end of the world' definitively opens the Church to globalization, with all its potentialities and unresolved challenges," the publication said. "As of yesterday, the Church is no longer immediately identifiable as a principally European or Western 'entity', as it had been inappropriately for centuries," an editorial in the publication said.
For Stefano Femminis, Popoli editor, this "means, for the world, an incredible opening on a mental, cultural and spiritual level, a "big shock" for Europe and the West whose effects will be considered over time. For the Vatican Curia (it is) a challenge towards a renewed collegiality from 'the end of the world' as well as from the South of the world." "A South which in many countries - Argentina is one of these - (is characterized by) growth rates in GDP which in the Old continent are a mirage, but which also sees aberrant economic imbalances and scandalous social injustices, a South which is fascinated by globalization but also aware of the highhandedness with which it can wipe out culture and identity," Popoli wrote.
"For the first time, therefore, a Pope will look at the world and the Church through the eyes of this South, and it is a not-small revolution." For Popoli even the selection of the name Francis is a move in a new direction. "In this sense we like to underline that - while the reference to Francis of Assisi is undeniable and prophetic, starting from the new pope's lifestyle - it should also not be excluded that the Jesuit pope wanted to make a reference also to the figure of Francesco Saverio," the publication wrote.
"Among the first companions of Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Company of Jesus, patron of missions, pioneer of evangelization in Asia, Francesco Saverio was an extraordinary example of that capacity to stay at the frontiers - geographic, but also and above all else cultural - ever more necessary in the spreading of the Gospel in the post-modern world," Popoli said.