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When the cardinal from Buenos Aires, Argentina, stepped onto the St. Peter’s Basilica balcony for the first time as Pope Francis in March, surprise was the world’s reaction: Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, a non-European, a pastor from the Southern Hemisphere, a Jesuit. And his name, following in the footsteps of one of history’s most revered saints: Francis of Assisi. We asked Allan Figueroa Deck, S.J., the author and editor of six books and more than 50 articles, to reflect on hopeful signs he finds in the election of Pope Francis.
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