So there is now a new Pope, a new helmsman at the wheel, the reaffirmation of fresh hope in an old faith. Let us believe this to be so because the Catholic Church does seem to be in dire need of some serious renewal and redirection at this time.

Or will the baser instincts of those already in place prevent and deny such a transformation?

And, as for Israel, a new government is about to take the stage, a new era in political awareness and social change stands poised, ready to emerge.

Or must it be yet another unwelcome mismatching of parties much too diverse to maintain unity in the face of grave and immediate challenges, both internal and external?

Whatever course is plotted, both headings may determine events and circumstances of great significance for the future.

It’s at times like these when a crystal ball would be very useful.

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