The election of Jorge Mario Bergoglio on 13 March signalled a new era for many. The Argentinian is not only the first Jesuit pope but also the first to come from outside of Europe since 741 AD. On Tuesday his inauguration was watched by millions around the world.
But closer to home Islington has seen a sharp decline in the number of people who identify themselves as Christian falling from 95,000 in 2001 to 82,000 in 2011. According to the members of the clergy in the borough although the pope’s humility is welcomed, he is restricted by how much he can change the Catholic Church and, although he should seek to engage with people, the church is not a business looking for more customers.
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