Here Comes another SuperMario


Francesco, as Cardinal Bergoglio chose to be named, is the new Pope of the Catholic Church. It is a historic election that brings another Mario – this is the middle name of Bergoglio, a second-generation Italian from Argentina – on the scene, namely the Roman scene, where two more Marios have recently won the attention of the world, brief though it might have been. The world’s media hailed Prime Minister Mario Monti, an economist, formerly a prominent member of the European Commission, as “SuperMario” for saving the Italian economy and with it the stability of the Eurozone. SuperMario Draghi, also an economist, former head of the Italian central bank, now in Frankfurt as head of the European central bank, was in recent news for his role in stabilizing Europe’s finances. Now we have Francesco, once more directing the attention to Rome. Reactions to the Conclave’s choice vary. The editor of the mainstream Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera called it “revolutionary.” As God only knows who will be the next Prime Minister in the current volatile political situation in Italy, so His vicarious on earth will probably have something to do with it. The New York Times has a moderate take on the Papal election, defining Bergoglio as a “conservative with a common touch.” Andrew Brown on the Guardian ponders the election’s impact on Europe and Latin America and says the following: “The choice of Bergoglio shows a decisive shift in the church’s centre of gravity away from Europe and towards the continent where most Catholics live, and where the challenges to the church are rather different to those in Europe.” Meanwhile, incidentally, another prominent Italian whose name is not Mario but is well-known internationally – the former Prime Minister of Italy and President of the European Commission, currently the United Nations special envoy to the Sahel, Romano Prodi, yet another economist – is apparently competing to be the next UN Secretary General and there have long been rumors about him being a possible candidate to succeed Giorgio Napolitano at the Quirinal. Prodi was interviewed in Rome by Charlie Rose.


2 Responses to “Here Comes another SuperMario”

  1. 1 Anonimo marzo 19, 2013 alle 12:13 pm

    It is quite sure that Pope Francesco will not be as revolutionary as Francesco d’Assisi, however doing something for someone else without expecting any direct and immediate advantage back is today in Italy, and possibly also in Europe as a whole, quite revolutionary.

  2. 2 loziodamerica marzo 19, 2013 alle 5:08 pm

    Thanks for your comment. Hoping that I am able to read between your lines, I would add that I too happen to believe that Pope Francesco has a great opportunity to set a positive example in and outside Italy.


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