Pope Francis is a man of the people

The cardinals' selection of Pope Francis is a good idea for the world at large, one reason being that Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio is from a country in South America, Argentina.

The people of Argentina see in Francis Pope an embodiment of themselves and, thus, gives them a sense of pride, re-enforcing their faith in the Catholic Church, especially when the church is wrestling with internal scandals.

Pope Francis seems to be a cleric of the common people around the world. He has an easy, humble appearance, without regal-like pomp. His approach to people, as he passed by crowds in Rome, is evident. He even kissed a baby, as if to say: "Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven."

John Hom

Walnut Creek

Francis believes in a good, loving God

The call of Archbishop Jorge Bergoglio to become Pope Francis truly brings joy.

Bergoglio believes in a good and loving God. The Argentinian has a strong and optimistic love of all people. He works to help people achieve their potential in this life and the next.

Bergoglio has been consistent in living his faith. His personal lifestyle has been humble and modest. He acted on his concerns for people in need; he generously helped the poor, and quietly assisted those in danger.

Of course, he has human shortcomings. But everyone faces the personal challenge to grow beyond their own faults. Bergoglio seems to have done it well.

Pope Francis should be a good leader and an inspiration for people throughout the world. He follows a pope who was distinguished by his faith, and a predecessor noted for hope. Francis seems intent on being a pope of love, for which he seems well-suited.

Bergoglio's election as Pope Francis is cause for happiness and optimism in all people of good heart.

Al Donner

Orinda

Pleased with Pope Francis selection

I am very pleased with the selection of Pope Francis. He appears to have a lot of energy and communicates very well with people. I hope his love of the poor flows over to the rest of the world.

Being Catholic, I fell Pope Francis is a good choice.

Robert V. Beaudreau

Fremont

Future of Catholic Church isn't bright

If Pope Francis follows the teachings of his namesake, Francis of Assisi, challenging the practice of animal cruelty it would be wonderful.

Reform of many kinds are needed in this church; however, I doubt a new pope with charm will be able to accomplish much.

He doesn't have a record of being a reformer although he comes from Latin America, which gave rise to Liberation Theology. This theology commands the church to empower its flock and for the church to fight social injustice as Jesus did.

In the Bible, Jesus challenges the Pharisees and the money changers in the temple. During the last century; however, the Vatican fought this movement, labeling it Marxist. The hierarchy sees this movement as a threat to its power.

The church is an organization ruled solely by men, excluding women. In other words, a true patriarchy.

The church with its reach has the potential for great good, but not in its present form. This secretive patriarchal society has spawned untold scandals over the centuries. Its future is not bright.

Anne Spanier

Alameda