(ANSA) - Vatican City, December 27 - The first months of
Pope Francis' tenure as pontiff have been characterized by the
abolishment of the barriers that had existed between the persona
of the religious leader and that of the people in general, as
well as by the unique message he is spreading to humanity that
appears to be exactly what people were waiting for, Vatican
Spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said in an interview Friday.
The pontiff has "stirred" the church, Father Lombardi said
in an interview with Vatican Radio, in which he added that it
was feasible to expect renovation from him, structural reforms,
as well as much more.
Lombardi said the changes Pope Francis may introduce in
Rome could well spread out to the far reaches of the Catholic
Church around the world.
The change is possible also thanks to the spirituality of
the South American pontiff, who is always on the search for the
will of God "in his path", in history, just as St. Ignatius of
Loyola teachings indicate.
It was also possible due to Pope Benedict XVI's
resignation, an event that has "marked this year and that will
continue to also mark the next eras of the church".
Lombardi's interview was structured in a way as to provide
listeners with the possibility of interpreting the future of the
Papacy, starting from the stepping aside of Pope Benedict XVI,
which he compared to the "opening of a road, of a possibility,
which was, as Benedict use to say, inherent in the motivation
behind his resignation, and connected to the era in which we are
"The abolishment of the barriers between the person of the
Pope and the people that he has met" was indicated by Lombardi
as the reason for the overwhelming attention given to the
Pontiff by the entire world. "He was understood in a very clear
and direct way by everyone: the Pope interprets very effectively
the love the Lord our father has for his creatures".