MD-30: Welcome Pope Francis

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Papal audience
Papal audience

There is always something special about being in the presence of a Pope. And it really doesn’t matter if you are Catholic or not.

It’s almost like you can feel the hopes and dreams of over a billion people riding on the shoulder of this one man.

I have had that honor on two occasions, once in 1986 and again in 1987. Both times were at Midnight Mass in Saint Peter’s Basilica. However, that was a different Pope. That was a Pope who needed to oversee the end of the Cold War.

This Pope, Pope Francis, is needed for a different reason. He is needed to help put an end to poverty and the suffering it causes. This is the mission/life chosen by this man, this priest, this Holy Father.

At this point in our conversation, it’s important to remember to talk about makerspace development. The reason is because some will say that makerspace development is just another form of charity.

We at MakerspaceDevelopment.com suggest you think of it as the next generation of economic empowerment. In general, people hope for a better life not more charity. They hope for a way to take care of themselves not for a better place in the bread line or soup kitchen.

As Pope Francis tours the country carrying the hopes and dreams of over a billion people. Hopefully, the rest of us can find a way to bring makerspace development to lesser industrialized communities around the country. Hopefully, the rest of us can find it in our hearts to embrace this next generation of economic empowerment. Hopefully, the rest of us can find a way to end income inequality and a promote better lifestyle for all.

Zachary Alexander