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By Mark Abrams and Steve Patterson
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Now that Time magazine has announced its choice of Pope Francis as its “Person of the Year” (see related story), local reaction is pouring in.
While some might be surprised at the selection of the new leader of the Roman Catholic Church, elected only nine months ago, most people with whom we’ve spoken locally say it’s not a shock at all.
Bill Madges, a theology professor at St. Joseph’s University, says the historic steps that Pope Francis has taken to refocus the church and its mission have been profound.
“I think it’s really his message of service to the poor and the marginalized, his message of mercy, something that the world really needs both of — not only in the world of religion and the relationship between religions, but also in the world…
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