A special holiday here due to Pope Francis visit.

@marguicha (102194)
Chile
January 16, 2018 8:30am CST
Good morning, friends. I am here, but also with the TV on to watch the visit of Pope Francis. While he is in Santiago, there is going to be a holiday here. Then, when he visits other places, stores and work places will close. The idea is to be able to hace more security measures during his visit and to give the people who want to see him the possibility of doing so. I am not Catholic, but I am grateful that he asked for pardon for the abuses that members of the church have done with children. He was applauded when he said that and I hope that from now on the church will not be so lenient with the priests who have done that. I like a Pope who says things like that, but I am not sure if he has the power of changing anything. What do you think?
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@JohnRoberts (63085)
• Los Angeles, California
16 Jan
He can try to motivate people to make positive changes.
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@marguicha (102194)
• Chile
16 Jan
I hope so. Now that more people are daring to talk about abuses done to them, I hope that helps stop abuses.
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@Starla_9 (261)
• United Kingdom
16 Jan
@johnroberts, I agree.
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@MarymargII (10565)
• Toronto, Ontario
16 Jan
Yes he does have the power to change things and I believe he is trying.
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@marguicha (102194)
• Chile
16 Jan
I hope so.
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@MarymargII (10565)
• Toronto, Ontario
18 Jan
@marguicha I agree with you- they should be way harder on any priests who are involved- and I'm Catholic!
@josie_ (7766)
• Philippines
16 Jan
Pope Francis will have his hands full trying to reform the Catholic church hierarchy. The institution is a close society with their code of silence (omerta)
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@marguicha (102194)
• Chile
16 Jan
I think so too. But it is an important step that there is now a Jesuit at the head of the Church.
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@LadyDuck (176492)
• Switzerland
16 Jan
It's not enough to ask for pardon, he should do more. I am Catholic, I know that there still are a lot of bad things going on.
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@marguicha (102194)
• Chile
16 Jan
I agree with you. Still, it is a step in the right direction. But I donĀ“t know how much he can really do, having powerful conservative priests in the Vatican.
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@marguicha (102194)
• Chile
16 Jan
@LadyDuck I agree. I never was convinced that was the illness.
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@LadyDuck (176492)
• Switzerland
16 Jan
@marguicha He was pretty young and he did not look at all sick when he became Pope.
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@rheicel (7296)
• Philippines
17 Jan
Pope Francis is a very humble person. I like the way how he handles changes in the Catholic Church he's open to many ideas but with consideration for not violating the sacred rules.
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@marguicha (102194)
• Chile
17 Jan
I feel the same. I also like that he is a Jesuit.
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@rheicel (7296)
• Philippines
17 Jan
@marguicha Yes, being a Jesuit makes him a simple and humble person. Hope he lives long so he could continue inspiring other people.
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@marguicha (102194)
• Chile
17 Jan
@rheicel I hope so too. I have heard that he chose very small lodgings at the Vatican.
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@celticeagle (119864)
• Boise, Idaho
17 Jan
He may not but he has the ability to bring people together.
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@marguicha (102194)
• Chile
17 Jan
He is trying.
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@celticeagle (119864)
• Boise, Idaho
18 Jan
@marguicha ......Good.
@amadeo (73281)
• United States
16 Jan
this will take awhile to get things going.Not sure what is the hold up there.Keep us inform on this huge happenings there.
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@marguicha (102194)
• Chile
16 Jan
I will, if anything happens.
@amadeo (73281)
• United States
16 Jan
@marguicha okay.I am sure will see some of this on TV
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@JudyEv (134917)
• Bunbury, Australia
16 Jan
Hopefully he will have some influence.
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@marguicha (102194)
• Chile
17 Jan
I hope so.
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@JESSY3236 (7295)
• United States
16 Jan
I'm not catholic either. But I think more should be done about the abuses though.
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@marguicha (102194)
• Chile
16 Jan
I hope more is done.
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