Two things of late that might affect Honduras in a big way, politically and religiously.
The first, of course, which affects not just Honduras but most of Latin America and other socialist countries, is the death of Hugo Chavez in Venezuela. It is also known that he was a friend of Mel Zelaya, the former leader who was ousted from power back in 2009, and there may have been large payments of money during their friendship, although I can’t say for sure. It’s hard to say what impact it will have here. It’s interesting to see what unfolds.
The second is about the pope standing down. I should write pope with a capital letter, but I don’t want to because I don’t think this pope deserves it. I am not a religious person, and it’s a good job because I like my Sunday mornings to be free. But enough of my silly infidel ideas, there is a lot of interest in the next pope, especially that he might very well be Latin American, or even closer to home, Honduran. Óscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga, the current cardinal, has been tipped to be the next pope. Some people’s religious beliefs here scare me a bit, damning people to hell for their thoughts and behaviour, which I feel is very wrong, but I do recognise that for many people religion and God is all they have. I don’t know what effect it will have on Honduran politics if they do appoint him, or if the world will see Honduras in a different light (other than drug cartels and gangs). Like I said, faith here is very strong, it might provoke a positive affect on the masses (people, not church ceremonies). Let’s wait and see.
To be cheeky, I would like to play us out with a Shane MacGowan and the Popes song. In this case, the capital letter with Popes should be used, because for the plain fact, I like them! To many who know me, Shane MacGowan is a bit of a God to me, and I do study his lyrics religiously. But here are three songs, Pair of Brown Eyes, Nancy Whiskey and the Greenland Whale Fisheries, all of which I love.