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World Thinkers 2014: Pope Francis

Theologian, Argentina

By Prospect Team  

Since Pope Francis succeeded Benedict XVI as 266th head of the Roman Catholic Church in March 2013, he has positioned himself as a potentially transformative leader. His achievements so far include re-orientating the Church’s concerns towards economic inequality, working to “intensify dialogues” with other faiths and instilling less condemnatory attitudes towards sexual morality. For many his greatest commitment to inclusivity came during an impromptu press conference on a flight back from Brazil in July 2013. “If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has goodwill, who am…

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