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  •  Since I live in Italy, I can tell you (8+ / 0-)

    that the election of Pope Francis has had a tangible effect upon politics here.  We are in the middle of a major government mess, a new government forming only with the greatest of difficulty as parliament is essentially split into thirds.  But something very interesting happened this weekend:  the parliament and senate had to choose their presidents.  Without going into the complicated details, the Partito Democratico put a woman named Laura Boldrini as their candidate, in a maneuver to convince some of the smaller parties to join them.

    Boldrini has served the UNHCR for 24 years, as its Italian representative most recently.  She has always worked with the world's most poor and with migration policy.  Thankfully, she won the vote on Saturday and is now the President of the Chamber of Deputies.  Her speech was wonderful, and put the poor at the center of the discourse.  

    I don't think her nomination would have been possible if Francis had not been elected, with all of the discussion about  his dedication to the poor.  

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