In 2015, the pope will issue a lengthy message on the subject to the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics, give an address to the UN general assembly and call a summit of the world’s main religions…“Our academics supported the pope’s initiative to influence next year’s crucial decisions,” Sorondo told Cafod, the Catholic development agency, at a meeting in London. “The idea is to convene a meeting with leaders of the main religions to make all people aware of the state of our climate and the tragedy of social exclusion.”
Pope Francis has made radically progressive statements since his 2013 appointment. And 2015 promises to get even more interesting. It’s exciting to see someone of the pope’s stature try to use his influence to better all of humanity in a measurable, lasting way. For me, this lends credence to trends indicating that self branding (with a clear mission statement) will only become more important in our increasingly networked future. This move by the pope demonstrates how significant change is possible when one successfully branded and networked person takes a stand.
I wonder what other doors will open as freedom of speech grows more accessible and the voices of the world get harder and harder to silence.
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