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Krista asked us to share our thoughts as a new Pope is elected in a time when the Catholic Church is so injured. My sadness as a Catholic is that I've seen friends and family choosing to be driven away from the faith they were raised in due not to what's at the heart of this religion, but to church hierarchy or individual church "leadership". The Church, is The People. WE are the Church, The Body of Christ. WE are the BODY. The Church is not the heigharchy. If no Pope existed, we would still be The Church, the Body of Christ, alive and living for Love of ALL creatures on earth. Pope or no Pope, we remain.