COLUMN: A Senior Moment with Barry ZeVan: Pope Francis

Updated: 02/18/2014 9:29 AM KSTP.com By: Hannah Anderson

I’m Barry ZeVan, age 75, having another Senior Moment, and here it is:

Regardless of one’s religious beliefs, I think it was exciting and uplifting to know a new Pope has been selected to be the Earthly head of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics.

As has been touted by all in the media and those who’ve expressed opinions about Pope Francis’s election to the Papal hierarchy, the most notable element of his election is the fact he’s the first Pope to ever emanate from the Western Hemisphere, i.e., of course, The Americas.

Whether chosen because of political correctness to acknowledge the fact Latiin America’s Catholic population is dominant in that part of the world, or simply because the Holy Father was chosen for his oft-touted humility and everyman qualities.

To see him shown on newscasts  riding the bus with fellow cardinals only two days after his election was, in my opinion, heartwarming and exemplary. Heartwarming because his life before becoming Pope continues to walk the walk he’s apparently been walking for most of his life. Exemplary because, in my opinion, we need more high-level reminders these days that arrogance, aggressiveness, pompousness and ego need to be reined-in, in favor of more compassion for each other, or at least common courtesies that used to be de rigeur in the early to mid-2oth century. 

I hope Pope Francis’s visibility and messages will accelerate getting the entire world, Catholics and non-Catholics alike, back on the more civilized path we certainly need these days.

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Barry ZeVan is a columnist for KSTP.com.