Pope Francis in the USA - Views from Southern Africa

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Last week Fr Russell Pollit SJ asked me to share some reflections on Pope Francis' visit to the USA as he was preparing an article for America Magazine. I have just came across the article and thought it would a good idea to share it on the blog.

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"It has been fascinating to watch Pope Francis on his apostolic visit to America from a continent across the Atlantic, Africa. Many South African media outlets ran daily reports on the pope—this is unusual as the Catholic Church seldom features in South African media. Catholics too, who have access to satellite TV, sat glued as Francis smiled and waved at crowds, spoke forthright words in the political arena and did what has been a key theme of his papacy: reached out to the marginalized.

The pope’s visit struck cords in Africa on a number of levels."

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