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Pope Francis
By Anita Britto, Auckland

May 24, 2013

Pope Francis

With his all-embracing love for Christ and basic human drive

To reach out to the ones in need and help them to survive

He’s won the hearts of everyone especially the weak

Pledging to protect and serve the downtrodden and meek


While many can pontificate they can not walk the talk

Like this loving humble Pope who’s bent on shepherding his flock

Reflecting on God’s mercy he’s been showing us the way

Joining hands together imploring us to pray


Shunning all the trappings that come with being the Pope

1.2 billion Followers are watching him with hope

With a friendly “Buona sera” he responded to the crowd

Requesting them to pray for him, his head, in silence bowed


He chose to ride the minivan and not the papal car

Becoming much more popular than any movie star

Silk and furs are not his choice – his cassock eggshell white

Such modesty in Vatican is not a common sight


Carrying his own baggage and even paying his bill

His manner indicating uprightness and good will

Avoiding ruby red boots he seems to fill the shoes

Of a fisherman named Peter whom Christ himself did choose 


He chose from young offenders and washed their feet with love

His papacy assuring them of blessings from above

He looked beyond their tattoos and looked into their eyes

Making them feel wanted which took them by surprise


He stopped to cradle Dominic, a young disabled boy

A moment bringing all to tears evoking heartfelt joy

Departing from tradition, he even stopped to bless

A Labrador belonging to visually impaired press


Building bridges all across, renouncing pomp and show

He reminds us of a man who walked 2000 years ago

His grasp of social issues and his concern for all

Reaching out to different faiths will help us break the wall


With simple-minded vision, Jorge Bergoglio

Is like the man from Assisi who chose to serve the poor

Called a Pope of many ‘Firsts” this people centred Pope

Has bowled us with his message – of Love and Peace and Hope


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Vincy Dias, Mangalore/Mumbai/Auckland, NZSunday, June 02, 2013
Thank you Anita, well written and pray that there will be many who will thrive to change and walk the talk in their path of service to humanity.
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Nita Pinto, Mangalore/AucklandTuesday, May 28, 2013
You have beautifully summed up our Pope in your meaningful poem. Well done! Keep up the good work.
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dolfred pereira, Mangalore / Navi MumbaiMonday, May 27, 2013
Simply Superb , Anita tusi gr8 ho . So well written ,touched the heart and found every word right to the core. all the best to you
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Barbara Mannas, Calcutta / BangaloreMonday, May 27, 2013
Kudos to you Anita, you've said it all in a beautiful poem, no one could have put it more succinctly as you have. God bless you and our good Pope Francis, may he reach out to each one of us in this world and touch our hearts as to strive being true children of God.
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Peter & Edith Rego, AucklandMonday, May 27, 2013
Congratulations Anita.It is well written.It is so true.Hope this world will be a better place.
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Joe Britto, Nakre/BangaloreSunday, May 26, 2013
Very nice and apt description of
our Great and humble Papa.

Thanks again Anita !
May your tribe increase .
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patrick m. coutinho, kinnigoly/mumbaiSaturday, May 25, 2013
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kurt waschnig, oldenburg germanySaturday, May 25, 2013
Anita, I enjoyed reading it so much and I would like to express a little bit about Pope francis and the Church. Except, that with about 1.2 billion adherents, the Catholic Church is no ordinary organisation. Its membership is a staggering 17 per cent of the world´s population.Who is at its helm, and how he exerts whatever influence he has over this significant chunk of humanity, is important.
The election by fellow cardinals of the Argentine, Jorge Bergoglio, as the new Pope, is, and will be, scrutinised for its significance and what it says about the future of the Church.
That the Pope, who has taken the name Francis, is from Argentina, as the first non-European to have the job in nearly 1,300 years since Gregor II in 731, is of symbolic significance, suggesting a bridging of the Old World and the New World and the breaking of the European hegemony over the papacy. It perhaps say something, too, that Francis is a Jesuit, an order whose practical work in education and with the poor is well known.
But more important than these symbols are the character of Pope Francis and the attributes,or lack thereof,that he will bring to the job.
In this regard, relatively little is known about ope Francis, except perhaps, within Vatican circles and his native Argentina, where he was Bishop of Buenos Aires.
He is a man reported to prefer the simple life. In Buenos Aires, he eschewed the tastier lodges of the bishopric for a simple flat, cooked for himself, and was known to travel around the city by public transport.
Pope francis wants a Church that serves the poor and downtrodden. But there are complex issues that will confront Pope Francis. The Church cannot sustain a conception of itself as a spiritual and moral conscience of its members, and more, if it fails effectively deal with the moral failings of those within its ranks as exemplified by its poor handling of sex scandals of the past decade and recent leaks of corruption and mismanagement at the Vatican.
How Pope Francis engages these issues and tackles the Vatican bureaucracy will be closely watched.
There are lots of Christians and other people all over the world who hope that Pope Francis will have an epiphany, leading to fundamental reforms in Catholicism. Among his first acts was to ask the faithful to pray for him, declaring his papacy a journey of brothers.
Yes I believe in a renewal of the Church and that will give million of people a meaning of life, that is especially necessary in our current world.

Best regards

Kurt Waschnig Oldenburg Germany

email: oldenburg1952@yahoo.de
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clara helen, Mangalore, OmanSaturday, May 25, 2013
The best tribute given to our beloved Pope. May u blessed Anita. Keep up yr good work!
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A. S. Mathew, U.S.A.Friday, May 24, 2013
If 1/3 of the world's population, the Christians won't take the leadership to wipe the tears of the hungry world, 1.2 billion people living with $ 1.25/day according to the recent study done by the World Bank who will do that job? As my friend Kurt Waschnig has clearly stated, GOD is going to use Pope Francis to take the leadership to serve the poor and downtrodden. If we help one poor person in front of us every day who is created in our own image, then miracles will take place around the world and that is the practical Christianity taught by our LORD AND SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST.
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kurt waschnig, Oldenburg GermanyFriday, May 24, 2013
Yes I agree with your point of view my dear friend. Pope Francis wants a Church that serves the poor and downtrodden. He gives hope and lots of human beings will find a meaning of life in our material and globalised world. I am sure there will be a renewal of the Church, going back to the roots. Thank you for your comments.

Best regards

Kurt Waschnig Oldenburg Germany

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The Pope deserves to be praised to the skies as He is humble and meek...He is a perfect model to the people from all walks of life...May He enjoy good health of mind and body that He may be proficient at leading the church ...You are always in our prayers PAPA as sure as the daily sunrise and sunset...
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A. S. Mathew, U.S.A.Friday, May 24, 2013
We are faced with a very critical
age when the world economy is slowly cracking without finding any solid solution. On the other other hand, the ethical standards and purpose of life have gone astray.
Is GOD relevant today? GOD took the form of a human being and came to the world: JESUS CHRIST is going to be the relevant point to be focused very urgently in the days ahead. GOD has appointed Pope Francis as a true and honest messenger to draw attention of the world to the living JESUS CHRIST.
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john d'souza, goa / uaeFriday, May 24, 2013
congratulations ANITA. you went into the annals of PAPACY / PONTIFICATION in heralding virtues of HIS HOLINESS, PONTIF FRANCIS through your power-packed poetic verses. long live our CHRISTIANITY and ITS community.
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Vincent Rodrigues, Katapadi/BangaloreFriday, May 24, 2013
The present Pope Francis is really a great finding who love the humanity and the poor so much.He propogate the basic teachings of Jesus Christ strictly.Man of simplicity and great human values surely uplift the christianity and set example to everybody.All the best in his plans and endevours.Thanq.
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