Skip to main content

Pope Francis waves from his popemobile along the Copacabana beachfront on his way to celebrate Mass in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, July 28, 2013. Hundreds of thousands of young people slept under chilly skies in the white sand awaiting Francis’ final
The only head of state in the world talking about inequality and poverty.
The global economic establishment has a dissenter in the ranks, and his stature can only grow. No election chicanery can remove him from office. He can't be pushed out with ad money or astroturfing. A head of state with no term limits that any mortal can impose.

The global heads of state, ranked by numbers of twitter followers:

President Obama: 40,267,391

Abdullah Gul (Turkish President): 3,971,690

Pope Francis: 3,305,355

Nobody else is even over a million.

President Obama will leave power in just over three years. So will President Abdullah. But, God willing, Pope Francis will still be here. And he's gaining every day. He's got over three times the followers Hillary Clinton has.

While possessing little in the military power, financial might, or industrial capability relative to other nation-states, the Bishop of Rome has one thing that few heads of state today can't match: a life appointment coupled with a global organization. That's enough to begin to plant the seeds for a realignment of power in poor people all over the world.

Somewhere out there among the future leaders of the world, there are people being moved by Francis' words. The Holy Father is casting a wide net to find as many as he can.

Originally posted to Triple-B in the Building on Fri Nov 29, 2013 at 07:11 AM PST.

Also republished by Street Prophets and Anglican Kossacks.

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags

?

More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Pat K California, felix19, Thumb, JWC, Sylv, Alfred E Newman, Paleo, fcvaguy, Chi, Phoenix Woman, Common Sense Mainer, copymark, teacherken, Timaeus, glitterscale, Liberal Thinking, native, TrueBlueMajority, Powered Grace, PeterHug, Sprinkles, Emerson, karlpk, ctami, MouseThatRoared, LynChi, chuco35, cotterperson, rubyr, TX Unmuzzled, Matilda, MarkInSanFran, niemann, Doctor Who, JLFinch, Zinman, missLotus, cskendrick, Wee Mama, wonkydonkey, susakinovember, ehavenot, shanikka, farmerhunt, roses, poe, artebella, CocoaLove, revsue, Texknight, Getreal1246, TexDem, businessdem, pat bunny, Lawrence, johanus, kj in missouri, Hawksana, yet another liberal, texasmom, NYFM, chantedor, defluxion10, Buzzer, lcrp, 2dot, dkmich, outragedinSF, Bendra, side pocket, WisVoter, rickeagle, Gowrie Gal, vcmvo2, historys mysteries, radarlady, 3goldens, TexasTom, ichibon, SherwoodB, chimene, juliesie, stagemom, YucatanMan, EJP in Maine, Ice Blue, illinifan17, Tunk, spunhard, Savvy813, Jlukes, mightymouse, zozie, kathny, Jim R, Audio Guy, martini, RAW, tobendaro, Gorette, cookseytalbott, Dvalkure, Catesby, NBBooks, Ooooh, SadieSue, NearlyNormal, Frank Cocozzelli, vivian darkbloom, onionjim, BlueMississippi, thenekkidtruth, CA Nana, Persiflage, doingbusinessas, Clive all hat no horse Rodeo, Ian Reifowitz, markthshark, cpresley, timewarp, Cronesense, Habitat Vic, Loudoun County Dem, Debs2, paz3, EdSF, puakev, karmsy, Mary Mike, noofsh, mommyof3, bnasley, HCKAD, jedennis, gchaucer2, OIL GUY, RudiB, exreaganite, leonard145b, TomP, thankgodforairamerica, CroneWit, eparrot, poligirl, OleHippieChick, Sixty Something, bythesea, elwior, jakebob, tofumagoo, royce, pamelabrown, boatjones, Cassandra Waites, MrJayTee, Jeff Y, petulans, mattc129, Parthenia, Tross, palantir, billybam, toom, legendmn, clent, maggiejean, prettygirlxoxoxo, pileta, artmartin, MufsMom, J M F, DontTaseMeBro, greengemini, divineorder, nchristine, imchange, indres, Nailbanger, shopkeeper, mkor7, geebeebee, elziax, kevinpdx, Shelley99, civil wingnut, Keith Pickering, stevenwag, sfarkash, ArthurPoet, nancat357, astral66, collardgreens, cassandraX, commonmass, OrangeMike, NJpeach, brunoboy, David Harris Gershon, michelewln, Orlaine, Proud Mom and Grandma, klompendanser, LOrion, mookins, ATFILLINOIS, gulfgal98, Betty Pinson, MsGrin, skillet, ericlewis0, Oh Mary Oh, slice, newusername, translatorpro, renbear, Maximilien Robespierre, Barbara Marquardt, kerflooey, Front Toward Enemy, MidwestTreeHugger, Im a frayed knot, spooks51, La Gitane, poorbuster, BlueJessamine, HiKa, asterkitty, wsbuffalo, suefromct, Jasonhouse, thomask, BarackStarObama, smoothnmellow, wintergreen8694, antooo, bluedust, MinistryOfTruth, poliwrangler, Marihilda, blue aardvark, SteelerGrrl, leftykook, jadt65, DRo, Chitown Kev, Mentatmark, caryltoo, Mortifyd, SuWho, Only Needs a Beat, HamptonRoadsProgressive, anodnhajo, Akprincessa, ahumbleopinion, Eric Nelson, a2nite, 2thanks, Mr Robert, peachcreek, Olkate, MartyM, pittie70, OllieGarkey, sexgenderbody, cassandracarolina, rat racer, ItsaMathJoke, Hammerhand, BobTheHappyDinosaur, nomandates, onceasgt, TheMeansAreTheEnd, countwebb, poopdogcomedy, HedwigKos, Dewstino, Drocedus, ggfkate, JosephK74, Smoh, BadKitties, sfsteach, patbahn, jrand, SouthernLeveller, socialismorbarbarism, praesepe, GAKeynesian

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site