The Pope’s son, a young man named Dominic, is becoming a star of sorts in his native country of the Dominican Republic.
He has been hailed as a “great father”, the country’s “first pope” and “the father of the new Dominican Republic”.
But in the United States, where he was born, the “son of the Pope” has faced criticism.
A few days ago, the Pope’s family’s name was mentioned in a tweet by the president of the US Congress.
The US president, Donald Trump, said: “His name is Dominic, and I think his story is really incredible.”
And in Spain, where his father is from, a number of local media reported on Dominic’s story.
But not in the US.
Here in the Dominican republic, he is “a phenomenon”.
Dominic, whose real name is Joseph Manuel Marcano, is the younger son of Pope Francis.
He was born in December 2016.
His father died in May this year, aged 94.
His mother died in 2014.
The Pope’s new papal papacy is expected to be inaugurated in February, and his youngest son is set to be installed in the role of the second in command.
But the Pope has already begun to make moves to help his son.
“My son is not a stranger to the Church.
He is a Catholic, he has studied the Church and he has a lot of respect for the Church,” he said in a recent interview.
The younger Dominic was given the title of “first priest” by the Pope during his papacy.
The title of the role is the highest honor bestowed on a Jesuit, and the Pope is the head of the Catholic Church.
The title “first bishop” is conferred upon a Jesuit.
But Dominic’s new role has raised eyebrows in the Catholic world.
The pontiff’s critics say his name is a racist slur and that his father’s name is insulting to black people.
And on Twitter, some Dominican Catholics are not happy with the move.
“If it’s a racist name, why not just rename it ‘Father’ or something?
He’s still just a son.
He’s not a saint,” one Twitter user wrote.”
He’s just a boy,” another user replied.
Dominic is the son of Francis’ second in chief, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, who was born and raised in the northern province of Santo Domingo.
“The Pope has been doing a lot for the Dominican community and the people of Santorini, Santo domingo and I believe the diocese of Santi Alegre,” Tagle told the Spanish daily El Pais.
Dominica has made a name for himself as an academic, writer and filmmaker.
He made a documentary about the Dominican priesthood in 2018.
In February, he gave a talk at the Vatican, titled “The Jesuit Mission to the World”.
He was awarded a special award from the Pope, the Pontifical Council for the Family.
He has also written a book called The Jesuits of the World: From Jesuit to the Pope.
In an interview with La Nacion newspaper, he said he has received “thousands of requests” to visit the Dominican diocese in Santo Alegres.
“I think the Catholic community here, they are very, very supportive,” he told the newspaper.
“The people are very respectful and kind to me.”
“They are so respectful of me.
They are the first to welcome me, and then they welcome the pope.”
The Dominican Diocese of San Cristobal, a region in the south of the country, is a traditional stronghold for the Jesuits.
Its main church is in Santi Ana, where a statue of Pope John Paul II still stands.
The church was converted into a museum and museum in 2001, when the Jesuit order was founded in the 15th century.
In 2014, Pope Francis appointed Dominic as a special adviser to the pontiff.
He also received the role as an ambassador to the Dominican capital, Santoríssima.
Dominique said he was honoured to be chosen as the pontifical envoy to the diaspora.
“This is the opportunity to go to different parts of the world and meet people from different countries and be able to speak about how the Jesuit Order has been working with different cultures and to share the values and vision of the Order,” he explained.
Dominican President Juan Carlos Varela welcomed the news.
He told La Nación newspaper: “It is a wonderful thing that the Pope chose the son and daughter of his predecessor to be the envoy of the dioceses.”
We hope this will bring together the various families of the Jesues to find ways of deepening dialogue between the Church, which has always been in dialogue with all communities, and also the communities of people.