More Than a Historic Visit

By Marcos Blanco, editorial director, Asociación Casa Editora Sudamericana, the Argentinian Seventh-day Adventist publishing house in Buenos Aires

As an Argentinian and fellow countryman of the former archbishop of Buenos Aires, I had a hunch that Pope Francis would write history before long.

The pope is a charismatic leader who has fascinated Christians and nonbelievers alike. That is not coincidental. He is a ground-breaking pope in many ways. He is the first Latin American pope, the first Jesuit pope, the first non-European pope in more than 1,000 years, and the first to choose Francis as his papal name after St. Francis of Assisi, champion of the poor.

Francis’ out-of-the-box thinking has caused him to get more media coverage than the previous two popes together. In August, for example, he made it to the cover story of National Geographic magazine, and his nine @Pontifex Twitter accounts have more than 20 million followers.

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