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Poll: Are you optimistic about Pope Francis?

The new leader of the Roman Catholic church is a doctrinal conservative who believes strongly in social justice. How do you feel about Pope Francis?

Pope Francis waves to the crowd from the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica last night
Pope Francis waves to the crowd from the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica last night
Image: AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia

POPE FRANCIS BEGINS his first full day as leader of the Roman Catholic Church today after being elected from cardinals from around the world last night.

The 76-year-old pontiff takes over a Church still dealing with the child sex abuse scandals and its own internal battles. He is seen as a compromise candidate between those who wanted a major reform of the Vatican and those who wanted to retain the status quo: he is often described as a humble man who is a doctrinal conservative with a strong belief in social justice. He is against abortion and same-sex marriage, but has spoken out against Church hypocrisy against poor people and unmarried mothers.

You can see how front pages from around the world reacted to his election here.

Today we’re asking: Are you optimistic about Pope Francis?


Poll Results:

No (1125)
I don't have strong feelings either way (668)
Yes (350)



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