Is Francis an austerity pope for an austere age?

If early indications are anything to go by, the reign of Pope Francis will be consciously unshowy and frugal, writes Emer McCarthy.

17th March, 2013
Jorge Bergoglio celebrates his first Mass as Pope Francis in the Sistine Chapel last Thursday. Photo: Getty

As far as first encounters go, Pope Francis is a hit with the Romans. But it remains to be seen whether this Latin American Jesuit will be as popular in the halls of the Apostolic Palace.

His very first words last Wednesday night, a lively "Buona sera!", immediately won him the hearts of the faithful of his new diocese. The simple, everyday greeting shook the Romans, who had rushed to the square, from their stunned...

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