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is not all that keen to leave for Rome.
Yaren, Nauru - In his drive to widen the cultural profile of the College of Cardinals, Pope Francis is determined to appoint newly ordained, Paul-James Waqa, of the tiny island nation of Nauru.
Fr. Waqa is the first native Nauran to be ordained to the priesthood, whose Catholic population is just slightly higher than that of the Vatican.
"Truly this is the papacy of firsts," remarked Vatican-watcher and WSJ correspondent, Henry Lacey. "The second smallest nation state in the world will be sending its native son to the smallest nation state in the world, the Vatican."
Although the young Nauran has not even been a priest for a full year yet, Vatican insiders have indicated that Pope Francis was eager to have the South Pacific better represented.
"Sure, we could have another Australian... or even a New Zealander, but this opportunity seemed to offer even greater novelty," said a member of the Roman Curia on the condition of anonymity.