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Catching the Spirit: The New Pope, Pentecostalism and the Global South

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Huffington Post Religion published an article by David Briggs on religion in the Global South. The article quoted Donald Miller and cited Global Pentecostalism: The New Face of Christian Social Engagement.

Briggs, writer for theĀ  Association of Religion Data Archives, describes how the selection of Pope Francis could impact the Catholic church and also the Pentecostal movement.

But what may matter more than the new pope's nationality, according to some scholars, is his commitment to allowing the growth of lay leadership and culturally sensitive worship that is at the heart of the success of the Pentecostal movement.

"A new pope would do well to officially sanction some of this, rather than resist it," said Donald Miller, the series editor of "Global Pentecostalism and Charismatic Christianity" and the executive director of the Center for Religion and Civic Culture at the University of Southern California.

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