WASHINGTON, March 13, 2013 – “I announce to you with Great Joy, we have a Pope…”
The date is historic 3-13-13 and the Catholic Faithful and the world has a new spiritual leader, the 266th Jorge Mario Bergoglio, (born December 17, 1936) is an Argentine cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. He has served as the Archbishop of Buenos Aires since 1998. He was elevated to the cardinalate in 2001.
He was elected Pope on March 13, 2013, taking the papal name Francis. (Source Wikipedia)
He is the first non Italian Pope since Peter, coming from Argentina. He is seen as a man of intergrity, humility and great faith. He is also the first Jesuit pope.
The name the pope selects is important. The Pope often chooses a name either to honor the pope who mentored him into the Vatican, or to send a signal about the type of pope he would like to emulate.
John XXIV, for instance, would suggest a pope who wants to be a reformer as John XXIII was. Don’t look for an Alexander or a Formosus.
The name Francis suggests humility, as indicated by his first statements to the world.
The new pope will probably be installed on Tuesday, on the feast of St. Joseph, who is the patron saint of the church.
Dear Brothers and Sisters, Good Evening
As you know the duty of the conclave was to appoint a bishop of rome and it seems to me that my brothers, cardinals have chosen one that is from far away but here I am
I would like to thank you for your embrace and to the Roman cahtolic church and the bishops and first and foremost, first and foremost I would like to pray for our bishop Benedict XVI
Our Father, which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy will be done in earth,
As it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive them that trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
The power, and the glory,
For ever and ever.
Pope Francis continues with prayers of the rosary and for the people of Rome. And the majesty of the faithful is remarkable.
Having been to St. Peters, toured the vatican and seen the incredible grandeur of the church, this is a pretty awe inspiring. Please enjoy the photos.
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