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The process of picking a pope

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By Bernadette Lauritzen

Let’s get ready to Papalllllllllll! It is time for the Sweet Sistine.

I should begin by telling you that I’m not Catholic, so please bear with me.

The last few weeks have been about the retiring of Pope Benedict XVI and the election of the next leader for the church.

How does this relate to building assets, you ask? Well technically, it relates to asset number 19, religious community.

That wasn’t where I was headed with this though. I’m actually thinking of asset number 14, adult role models.

The RNS, or Religious New Service, has an actual posting of the, “Sweet Sistine,” brackets.

The latest round is called the Sacred Semifinals and is down to four choices: Canada, Brazil, Italy and Nigeria.

Don’t look at it as being disrespectful. Instead, look at it as people caring about something important.

More than 25,000 people have voted and for a simple online poll, that’s pretty good.

We’ve become a world where we care more about voting for singers on television than we do in voting in important elections.

The big difference in this election — and this is just from my point of view — comes down to two big things. The first is the reasoning behind the selection, and the second, and even better, is the process.


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