Wednesday, March 13, 2013

New Pope Francis from Argentina - former Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio

Pope Francis, the New Pope of the Catholic Church

The Catholic Church has a new Pontiff, a humble Argentine Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, who adopted the papal name "Pope Francis" which lends a new day dawning for the church that was engulfed with numerous scandals in the past months and prompted the resignation of Pope Benedict. He became the Pope in March 13, 2013 after the conclave of 115 Cardinals from around the world casted their vote. 

Pope Francis, speaking Italian with a slight Latin American accent, joked with the crowd before delivering his blessing, saying: "As you know the duty of the conclave is to give Rome a bishop. It seems that my brother cardinals went almost to the end of the world."

The Buenos Aires Herald described Pope Francis as "low-profile, austere Jesuit, Bergoglio resisted the gay marriage law, promoted by the administration of President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and passed by Congress in 2010. The Roman Catholic Church of Argentina played a role during the country’s 1976-1983 civil-military dictatorship that certain ruling Victory Front officials have accused of “complicity”.

Francis, the son of middle-class Italian immigrants, is known as a humble man who denied himself the luxuries that previous Buenos Aires cardinals enjoyed. He came close to becoming pope last time, reportedly gaining the second-highest vote total in several rounds of voting before he bowed out of the running in the conclave that elected Pope Benedict XVI.

In a lifetime of teaching and leading priests in Latin America, which has the largest share of the world’s Catholics, the former Bergoglio has shown a keen political sensibility as well as a self-effacing humility, according to his official biographer, Sergio Rubin. His personal style is the antithesis of Vatican splendor.

May the new Pope Francis will be blessed with good health always and that he may successfully execute the needed guidance for his church.  God Bless Pope Francis. 

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