“If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge? We shouldn’t marginalize people for this. They must be integrated into society.” Pope Francis
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If humanity has more leaders like him, in every sphere of life, then the world would be a better place. With a favorable rating of 88% and worldwide praise across the faith, Pope Francis has emerged a leader with exceptional skills to lead the world. He acted as a diplomat to restore relations between United States of America and Cuba. He chooses people over protocols and love over safety: he introduces himself as “Sono Papa Francesco,” means I am Pope Francis to his fans or whosoever he meets.
From a nightclub bouncer to the pope: before becoming pope, he worked as a nightclub bouncer and chemical technologist just as any other common man; ‘Pope Francis is a first in many ways. He’s the first Latin American pontiff, the first Jesuit, the first Francis — and the first non-European in 1,272 years, CNN, March 14, 2013
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Humility-oriented lifestyle: An informal approach to papacy, humbleness and residing in guesthouse rather than in palace are some of his trademark styles. He prefers simplicity over traditional aristocratic lifestyles and symbolism. Pope trademark approach is mercy and he repeatedly stresses upon the message of mercy to those who are poor and less privileged. His commitment to Mercy to resolve complex conflicts, pro-poor approach and commitment towards interfaith dialogue makes him different from his predecessors.
“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” John Maxwell
Show mercy to environment: He does not endorse or support uncontrolled capitalism. He advocates against Global Warming.
“Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.” Harry S. Truman
His intervention is timely: when the world was in dire need of a leader during Syrian Refugee Crisis, the pope came forward and appealed churches to open their gates for the refugees. His policies are pro-immigrants.
His style of leadership is motivating: He is developing the community of love, inspires through his actions and conviction that love and compassion will win over hate and wars. That’s why people accepted him wholeheartedly. Believers of other faiths are following him voluntarily.
Advocating interfaith dialogue: He is an optimist and wants a future, which is free of inter-religious and sectarian conflicts; bringing people of different faiths, on common purpose: to make the world a better place.
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He is accessible to ordinary people, prefers to ride in a bus than traveling in a limousine. During his recent visit to America, he rode in Fiat, an ordinary car. His idea of open and welcoming church resonates with the time when the world is becoming a global village and everything is connected to internet. He understands the importance of instant communication in the information era and makes himself available on Social Media and tweets personally. He has got a huge fan following on twitter.