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POST-GAZETTE, JULY 28, 2017 PAGE 9 a 2001 Novel by Ray Flynn, Parallels Current Papacy and World.Events by John Joseph Fahey Published at the turn of the millennium, the December 2001 release of Ray Flynn's novel The Accidental Pope (co-written with Robin Moore, author of The French Connection; St. Martin's Press) seems prophetic given the relatively recent election of Jorge Mario Bergoglio to the papacy and his emphasis on issues concerning social justice. Indeed, The Accidental Pope, written by the former mayor of the City of Boston as well as the Ambassador from the United States to the Holy See from 1993 to 1997, brings to the reader the engaging story of one Bftl Kelly, a former priest who is, purely accidentally chosen to lead the world's Roman Catho- lics as the successor of Peter; in fact, the name this accidental pontiff chose is Peter! Pope Peter II, in the Flynn book, becomes truly a servant of the people and, because of his commitment to the Gospel and the message of Christ, he moves within the world addressing issues that have become con- troversial as well as politically precarious on the cusp of the new century. The parallels of The Accidental Pope- with the public's great acceptance of Peter and Francis' Flynn .., immense popularity-- seem al- most uncanny given that events in the book so closely relate to the political and social situa- tions playing out on the world stage today. In The Accidental Pope, press- ing issues such as impoverish- ment, AIDS and political ter- rorism provide the backdrop to Peter ll's attempts to implement the concepts of Christianity in trying to help his fellow men. Today Francis, too, has taken Buono Anniversario ! From America's Oldest Restaurant In The Historic Quincy Market Area, Boston Delicious fresh seafood prepared to your discerning taste. 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The issue of terrorism cannot be overstated in today's world. This subject plays a salient role in the former Ambassador's book, and tightly so given that the pope i: truly a universal figure -- hod of one of the five major worti religions -- and that the th'eat of terrorist at- tacks are Eared all over the world. The rauma of those suf- fering from AIDS plays a role. Peter II makes a pastoral visit to the African continent to help alleviate what was once consid- ered a worldwide epidemic and is still a serious health concern. The issues in The Accidental Pope have not changed much despite hitting the bookstores more than a decade ago. Francis has traveled to areas that could easily be considered precarious, such as the nations of Kenya, Uganda, the Central African Republic and, recently, Egypt. 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In writing The Accidental Pope, Mayor Flynn has relied on his own experiences, not only as mayor of Boston but also as one who traveled extensively with Pope John Paul II (now Saint John Paul) while serving in the diplomatic corps. Flynn accompanied John Paul II to Africa on the former pope's well-received papal vis- its to the continent. And as mayor from 1984 through 1993, Flynn addressed the burgeon- ing AIDS crises with proposals and implementations, such as developing a pediatric AIDS unit at the then Boston City Hospi- tal (which actually was rebuilt, enhanced and renamed Boston Medical Center under his ad- ministration}, opening a small clinic, and creating housing facilities to assist people living with AIDS. In addition to addressing the needs of the poor and issues concerning social justice, the former mayor has addressed another concern; Flyrm's grand- son Braeden was born with a rare neurological disorder, and Flynn has become an advocate for parents of children with special needs. And so it is to those who manage on a daily basis with disability or poor health, those marginalized due to economic problems, or those populations struggling within the frame- work of political disturbance and intolerance that Bill Kelly, as Pope Peter II, directs his mission. 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