An “overview effect” of Francis’ pontificate

Today marks the third anniversary of the installation of Jorge Mario Bergoglo as Bishop of Rome.  Of all the articles that have come out in the last week giving a look back at his time as pope, this one was the best of the bunch.  This was just recently available on the Vatican Insider website but I see it is dateD 1/4/2016….reyanna

By Luis Badilla          1/4/2016                               Vatican Insider on-line

The “overview effect” is a term used to describe a cognitive shift in awareness reported by some astronauts and cosmonauts during spaceflight, often while viewing the Earth from orbit or from the lunar surface. It refers to the experience of seeing first-hand the reality of the Earth in space. From space, national boundaries vanish and the planet is seen in its entirety, as an organic and panoramic whole. Badilla’s use of the expression, first coined by Frank White in 1987, has a very precise purpose here: it refers to perceptual effects as a whole, including emotions, feelings, empathy and the way each individual elaborates perceptions.

Three years on since the start of Francis’ pontificate, an overview effect is perhaps now possible.

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