of guidance to the pope, this allows the pope to influence who his successor will be and what direction the Church will take after his passing (Trigilio, 2011). One of Pope Francis’ many leadership qualities is his humility. He is known for having a less formal approach to the papacy than his predecessors. For example, he prefers a much simpler type of living arrangement. He chose to reside in the guesthouse rather than in the papal apartment of the palace. This allows him “to live in a community with others, both the permanentresidents—priests and bishops who work at the Vatican—as well as guests” (catholicnews.com). On his election day, he refused the traditional papal cape and took the bus back to his hotel ratherthan being driven in the papal car. In choosing to live more simply, he has broken many traditions that have been in effect for many years. His humility has made him much more relatable than previous popes and as a result, he has gained a lot of support and many followers. Another leadership quality is his inclusivity. He strongly believes that the Roman Catholic
Church should be more open and welcoming to all types of people such as immigrants, atheists, and homosexuals. Although he has traditional views on certain issues, such as whether women should be allowed to be ordained as priests, he is willing to extend his love and guidance to anyone who asks for it. For example, he believes that homosexual practice is immoral but that every homosexual person should be treated with love and respect. During an interview to an Italian Jesuit publication called La Civilta Cattolica, he presented an accepting attitude toward homosexuality saying that “if someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?” (Biography.com). This inclusivity has increased and diversified his supporters while helping the church become more progressive.
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