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Remembering a shepherd on conclave eve


Tens of thousands of words have been written about the cardinals and candidates who will be entering the conclave tomorrow at the Vatican.  One of these men will almost certainly emerge as our next pope. 

I hope he is a good man, an honest person who will live transparently and run a transparent church.  I hope his reach will have no bounds, embracing all the sinners and saints who make up the human family.  I hope he will be merciful and will restrain from judgments.


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October 9-22, 2015


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