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He's only had the job for 10 months!!
Do you know how many people could single-handedly save 'millions of people' also? Apple corporation, for example. One of their executives, when asked why he didn't think it was appropriate to 'share the wealth' (profits doled out to 'shareholders') with the world (which could eliminate hunger WORLDWIDE in one go!), he said,
His aversion to ostentation is already the stuff of legend, so when Francis talks of a "poor church for the poor," people take him seriously.
Francis also has amassed massive deposits of political capital over his first 10 months in office, with approval ratings around the world that politicians and celebrities have to view with unalloyed envy.
Catholicism is also the only world religion with its own diplomatic corps, as the Vatican is a sovereign state with bilateral relations with 180 nations. That gives the church a unique platform to act as a voice of conscience in global affairs.
In other words, Francis has some serious cards to lay on the table in the high-stakes poker game of global economic reform.
It's easy to say that no one person -- even a Pope who's also one of the most popular figures on the planet -- can bring down entrenched systems of power. Of course, that's what people said about Communism too, before Pope John Paul II set the dominoes in motion in Poland that led to the collapse of the Communist system in 1989.
Let me rephrase that so it's more clear:
Whether Francis will have the same luck defending the poor remains to be seen, but it's certainly not obvious that the smart money is against him.
“According to UNICEF, 22,000 children die each day due to poverty. And they “die quietly in some of the poorest villages on earth, far removed from the scrutiny and the conscience of the world. Being meek and weak in life makes these dying multitudes even more invisible in death.” www.globalissues.org...
When the Vatican is the poorest nation on Earth he can talk about helping the poor.
When every dime that flows into the church flows out to the poor he can talk about giving more.
This Pope could single handledly save millions of people.. yet does he.. nope.. Evil fart.
That being said, as long as the RCC maintains palaces they have no right to condemn anyone for spending their own money as they see fit.