By Andrea Madambashi
Pope Francis’ installment as pontiff could lead to a major and significant impact not only in the Catholic Church, but also across all religions as well as the political area, a number of Catholic and Evangelical leaders in Latin America have said.
According to numerous Latino Christian leaders, Pope Francis could help to tackle the drop in adherents in the region, as well as become a bridge between the Catholic Church and evangelicals. His impact may not just stop there though, and they have also suggested that he could help connect the Catholic Church with other faiths, and ultimately decentralize the Catholic Church.
These claims have been made by the Vice President of the Alliance of Evangelical Churches of the Republic of Argentina (ACIERA), Gaston Bruno. In an email to The Christian Post, he suggested that Francis’ election may have come about after Cardinals took into account the recent evangelical growth in the region, as well as the large number of Catholics in South America.
“Of course, this reality weighed in a certain way in determining the election of the new Roman Pontiff,” Bruno wrote to CP.