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The likeable Francis I

Published March 15, 2013 by Tony

What is it that makes a new Pope well-accepted?

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Why the new Pope Francis immediately hit and has been well accepted?
Much has been said about him, that his opening speech out the Vatican’s balcony liked, because is a Jesuit, or because seems determined and humble. But in my opinion, when for the first time we see an elected Pope, what is most striking is his face and bearing.
This usually is not mentioned, but it happens on every occasion when for the first time we meet someone. Unfortunately, the saying that “we can’t judge a book by its cover“, in these cases is never true, because about the factors of first impression, comes into play various elements that give to this first impression of ours a positive or negative indication.
What most impressed us all looking at this new Pope’s face, was his sympathy, having a face that inspires confidence, as well as happened with Pope John XXIII or with John Paul II.
Whatever one may say, also the “eyes want to be satisfied“, and if we look at the previous Popes, see that all those who had, on the surface, a hard face that limited sympathy or which even gave a sense of discomfort, they did not receive an immediate great benevolence, at least a first glance.
Psychology teaches us this, and unfortunately it’s so.

Look at the (previous Popes) faces below and say, in all honesty, what they inspire you at first glance.

previous Popes

previous Popes



Published February 11, 2013 by Tony


Ratzinger asked for a conclave to elect a successor.
The unexpected news spread quickly around the world and has left everyone speechless.

The Pope leaves the pontificate later this month.
The announcement was made personally today, in Latin, during the consistory for the canonization of the martyrs of Otranto. Benedict XVI explained to feel the weight of the assignment, that have long pondered this decision and taking it for the good of the Church. The decision was confirmed by the Vatican.
Joseph Ratzinger, was born April 16, 1927, was elected pope by the Conclave April 19, 2005, after the death of John Paul II.
Certainty that the forces do not allow me to continue. After repeatedly examined my conscience before God I have come to the certainty that my strength, advanced age (“ingravescentem aetatem”), are no longer fit to exercise properly the Petrine ministry. Well aware of the seriousness of this act, with full freedom, declare to give up to the ministry of the Bishop of Rome”, the Successor of St. Peter, entrusted to me by the hand of Cardinals April 19, 2005.”
These is the talk that the Pope would told the cardinals, in today’s Consistory. He will give up his ministry at 20.00 on February 28, when it will begin the ‘vacant’ period. An announcement virtually unprecedented in the history of the Catholic Church or very rare.

Before him, a few other popes resigned: the famous case of Celestine V (between 1209 and 1215), Clement I (from 88 to 97) and Gregory XII (1326-1417).

According to the Code of Canon Law,  the Pope can give up his mandate in a free manner. So reads the second paragraph of canon 332:
<< In the case that the Roman Pontiff resigns from his office, it is required for validity that the resignation is made freely and properly manifested, it is not necessary that it be accepted by anyone. >>