When the World Stops to Watch

Not everyone has access to a television or radio during the workday like those of us in the news business.  But, as I was watching the announcement of the new Pope, it occurred to me how relatively few events  can capture world attention, even for a short time.  I don’t mean high-profile tragedies or wars — those are a given as attention magnets; I mean those events that are significant to the world community as a rite of passage or ceremony of note.

Whether or not one is Roman Catholic, it’s hard not to take pause or at least note when a new spiritual leader is chosen for 1.2 billion people, one-fourth of the world’s population.  I don’t know how it compares to the election of a new American president, but I would guess it’s at least of greater interest than the selection of a new Secretary General of the U.N.   I assume the coronation of a new monarch in England might draw a big worldwide audience, but truly, how often does the world stop to take notice of a non-violent event?  Maybe the soccer World Cup or the Olympics?   Or–heaven help us–the Oscars!

 

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  • Ed Murnane

    Phil, it is tragic that this peaceful transition of a world leader is overshadowed too often by the violent change in other world leadership positions through assassination, imprisonment or other means.

  • Agustina

    The controversial part is: in Argentina some people reacted with violence over the BIG news for the country! The press have been repressed by the government so I only get this news from friends back home… how crazy is that!!! I love my home country but sometimes I think argentines take things for granted…