Come On In, Get Comfy! Pope Francis’ Relaxed Attitude Means That People Are Taking His Seat

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Pope Francis continues to surprise and charm with his warmth and hospitality.I see a meme developing:  Pope giving up his chair to someone…. a soldier, an athlete, a child…. and choosing to stand.Back in April, when we were just getting to know him, Pope Francis brought a chair (and a sandwich!) outside to a member of the Swiss Guard who had been assigned to guard his doorway at the Domus Sanctae Marthae.In June, Pope Francis invited 17-year-old Alberto di Tullio, who has Down synd … [Read more...]

The Leadership Style of Pope Francis

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This week I’ve been slowly, deliberately reading Chris Lowney’s most excellent new book, Pope Francis: Why He Leads the Way He Leads  (Loyola Press, 2013). Lowney, author of the best-selling book Heroic Leadership, is eminently qualified to assess our dynamic new Pope’s leadership style.  As a former Jesuit seminarian, he understands St. Ignatius’ spiritual exercises and their emphasis upon humility and service.   As a businessman who has served as a managing director for J. P. Morgan on thre … [Read more...]


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