It hasn’t been that way ever since I can remember, and so I consider it momentous that in my lifetime I am witnessing two living popes in the Vatican – one retired, the other reigning.
What could be the consequence of this?
It sure sounds intimidating to God, Who will now have an earful of incessant prayers from Emeritus Pope Benedict and Pope Francis for the salvation of not just the 1.2 billion Catholics, but the whole of mankind and the peaceful co-existence among nations.
Is the world going to be a better place, henceforth?
Will there be fostered a better understanding between peoples of different religions and creed?
Will the destruction of Syria and the massacre of its people stop now?
Could we expect better life and future for those in the refugee camps all over the world that have been displaced – all victims of atrocities committed by despots, war between nations, famine and natural calamities?
Will Iraq and Afghanistan discover again its past glories?
Will China be contented with being an economic and military might without flexing its muscle and claiming historic rights/sovereignty over areas, regions or seas that clearly belong to other nations already?
Could we expect North Korea to start using its resources to feed its people instead of amassing arsenal of weapons for mass destruction?
Will the Church have now less or be free of pedophile priests?
Will the Church now stop meddling in the affairs of the state and allow the people to be educated in the reproductive health or responsible parenthood program of the government?
Oh, there are so many, many more to be wished upon!
I am not praying for a perfect world.
But, with two godly popes incessantly praying, combined with the rest of well-meaning religious leaders, what I expect, at least, is divine intervention that would right most of the wrongs that some politically recalcitrant leaders are committing.