I wasn’t too excited at first, but I have to admit, I’m much more impressed than I was when Ratzinger stepped out 8 years ago (apparently this guy was the runner up back then). I am glad to see they’ve finally chosen a non-European pope… even if he is of European descent. Even though I’m no Catholic, I have a good feeling about this guy. Let’s hope he cracks down on those damned pedophiles!
I’m happy for Argentina… and the rest of the world.
Watching the throngs of people gathered in the Vatican, I couldn’t help but be reminded of the billions of other non-Catholics around the world. I’m also reminded of all the ‘problems’ religion has caused over the years.
Being from Lebanon, I’m intimately familiar with the destructive power religion can have on people and society. A small country with over a dozen religious sects is sure to have its fair share of problems.
Being one of the few Lebanese born to parents of different religions, I’m fortunate enough to not be blinded by sectarianism and tribalism. There is beauty in all religions. Of course, the opposite is also true. There’s no doubt that religious buildings are often things of beauty. They’re popular with tourists and photographers for obvious reasons. These pictures below were taken over the past few years in Italy, Libya, Qatar, Turkey, Sri Lanka, Mexico, Haiti, Aruba, and the Dominican Republic.
God, I need to travel again!