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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Time: Man of the Year 2013

Pope Francis met with media
Yes, still in Kajang.

I fired up the iPad and headed straight for the Zite app, a news reader. A few flipped pages and my eyes came across a pleasantly surprising news spread: Pope Francis is Time's Man of the Year.

"It's about time! (no pun intended)", I exclaimed under my breath. Some may not be agreeable with this but I believe this is one way for the Catholic Church to engage the world without at the same time compromising her stand. Perhaps it is the way, for now, to be in the world yet not of the world which our Holy Father, Pope Francis, can afford. Our Holy Father certainly did not ask for this honour but that it was given nonetheless by one of the world's leading international magazine is a feat worth paying attention since his papacy began. He follows in the footsteps of blessed Pope John Paul II who won Time's Man of the Year in 1994.

His recent Apostolic Exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium, can be seen as his clarion call for change in how our Church needs to show the true face and representation of God in the world where chaos, rivalry, hatred and all its ilk have taken their toll on human lives.

There is still much work to be done by our Pope before he can call it a day, with many more challenges ahead. For now, it is comforting to see that he carries with him the spark needed to transform and make a difference in the world. It is a spark that he invites us all the People of God to continue to fan into a huge bonfire. Dare we?...
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