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Pope Francis has the necessary people skills

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I am writing in response to the syndicated column, “Suffering a tone-deaf pope,” written by Christine M. Flowers in the June 5 edition.

Ms. Flowers in a mean-spirited fashion criticizes Pope Francis’s recent trip to the Middle East. She states that the Holy Father is tone deaf when dealing with real people and real issues. She concludes her column by stating that the pope should improve his people skills. The reality is that Pope Francis has been overwhelmingly welcomed by the world, the press and the people since his election as pontiff in 2013, and it has meant an outpouring of enthusiasm for the church. If there is anyone who knows people skills, it is our Holy Father.

The Rev. Donald A. Robinson

Watertown

The writer is pastor of St. Anthony’s and St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic churches in Watertown.

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