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    Posted February 11, 2013 by
    Athens, Greece
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    Catholics: Your views on new pope

    A great Pope indeed

    This pope is showing more courage than his predecessor who remained until his death despite his incapacity to do simple things. Not that John Paul II was any lessor in recognition, but this man is showing real character and the love he has for God which defy earthy matters.
    When this pope took office, I wasn’t that thrilled, though elated for filling the Pope’s position, but as time progressed my admiration for him grew day by day until it reached its zenith with his resignation stance which never happened before except in 1415 and that was because of infighting within the church that compelled the Pope then to resign.
    This Pope had no enemies or foes and yet at will he chose to abdicate the position that many would die for in order to vacate the place for someone who could have the energy and strength to lead the church in these turbulent times to the shore of safety. Not that I am afraid for the church which in my opinion and the scriptures’ not even the doors of hell could prevail over it because He who is in heaven has an eye on it.
    This Pope was the personal confidant of Pope John II and this latter had a great admiration for him for the exemplary personal traits he had and still has. With his resignation, he is indirectly telling us the normal people that no position in this world no matter how high it is could separate us from the love of God.
    From this humble place of mine, I salute this great man and his big love for God almighty. We all leave this world as naked as we came to it; nothing of this world could we take with us. It’s a hard reality but is only the truth of our short existence on earth.
    Only when we make our lives attached to higher elevations could we make this short life meaningful. God has sent his only begotten son so that the world that had sinned could be saved. So much had God loved the world to have his only begotten son descend and die for the forgiveness of our sins.
    Today I could sleep tight having taken from the decision of this great Pope a lesson that in all the years of my life had not fathomed. What’s more oxymoron is the fact that I am not a Catholic, albeit having great admiration for any foundation that had Jesus as its basis.
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