When it comes to Pope Francis I, The Washington Post seems optimistic, quoting then Cardinal Bergoglio:
We live, apparently, in the most unequal part of the world, which has grown the most yet reduced misery the least. The unjust distribution of goods persists, creating a situation of social sin that cries out to Heaven and limits the possibilities of a fuller life for so many of our brothers.
The Economist sounds skeptical. But they too agree that he's different enough (Argentine, Jesuit) to instigate change, albeit in a "window of opportunity" that "will not last very long."
Time will tell. Until then, Habemus Papam Franciscum (We Have Pope Francis).