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Yesterday The Most Rev. Justin Portal Welby was “enthroned” in Canterbury Cathedral as the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury.
At his blog “Whispers In The Loggia”, Rocco Palmo describes another, perhaps not so small gesture, from Pope Francis I:
It must be difficult to know where to begin. The challenges facing the new spiritual leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics are enormous. But Pope Francis I has lots of advisers out there, keen to offer direction.
How much do small symbolic gestures mean?
Poor Pope Francis. He has hardly had time for a good night’s sleep in his new papal bed and already the critics are sharpening their knives.
The pressures and expectations on the man who will be elected the new spiritual head of the Roman Catholic Church, probably this month, are going to be monumental. What kind of Pope does the Roman Church need?
It is easy to be critical of institutions. For the most part they do not seem to work all that well and the bigger they are, the easier it is to point out their flaws.
It is refreshing to be able to post something positive and wise from a US Army General.
9. Leaders should be thoughtful but decisive. Listen to subordinates’ input, evaluate courses of action and second- and third-order effects, but be OK with an “80 percent solution.” “There will be many moments when all eyes turn to you for a decision. Be prepared for them. Don’t shrink from them. Embrace them.” Sometimes the best move is the bold move.
5. We all will make mistakes. The key is to recognize them and admit them, to learn from them, and to take off the rear view mirrors—drive on and avoid making them again.