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Pope Francis: Full of Surprises.

Pope Francis: Full of Surprises.

For only the fourth time in the last one hundred years, the maxim “He who enters the conclave a pope leaves it a cardinal” proved true yesterday. An elderly cardinal who had never made it to the papabili lists of all but one Vatican observers, Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, became Pope Francis.

Everyone is pointing out all of the “firsts” about this new Roman Pontiff– The first pope from Latin America, the first Jesuit pope, and the first pope to take a totally new regnal name– but few are pointing out what seems to be the elephant in the room: That the election of Pope Francis is, in a way, an Italian restoration. And I’m not merely referring to the fact that the Argentine is of Italian descent.

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