Thursday, March 14, 2013

Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina is the New Pope

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Posted on Thursday, March 14, 2013

Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina is the New Pope
Good news to the 1.2 billion Catholics worldwide, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina has been elected as the 266th pope taking the name of Francis I.

Pope Francis was a surprise choice to be the new leader of the troubled Catholic Church since he wasn't mentioned in the news or wasn't even a front-runner. Reported front-runners were U.S. cardinals Timothy Dolan and Sean O'Malley, Canada's Marc Ouellet and Argentina's Leonardo Sandri. It was reported though that Bergoglio was a moderate rival candidate of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Benedit) during the 2005 conclave.

Jorge Mario Bergoglio is 76 and the oldest from the candidates. He is the first non-European pope since Syrian-born Gregory III way back the 8th century and only the third successive non-Italian pontiff. Before becoming a pope, he served as the Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Argentina and was made a cardinal in 2001 by Pope John Paul II.

Pope Francis belongs to the Jesuit order, which was founded in the 16th century to serve the pope. Jesuits are known for its works in education and high intelligence by its members. Pope Francis is conservative theologically and is known for being reserved, humble and his high concern for the poor indicated by the choice of St Francis of Assisi, who died after living a life of poverty and simplicity.

Pope Francis received a master's degree in chemistry at the University of Buenos Aires before joining the priesthood. When he was a teenager, he lost a lung after suffering an infection.

With the diminishing Catholic population and scandals surrounding the church, I hope that the new pope can bring a new perspective to the Catholic church. He should make a stand on issues especially the child abuse cases and put an end on it. He owes it to the Catholics to bring back the faith to the church.

Vatican's inaugural mass will be held on March 19th.

Photo courtesy of The Guardian.

31 Responses to “Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina is the New Pope”

Rochkirstin Santos said...
March 14, 2013 at 1:17 PM

Popes to me are only like celebrities in the world of Catholicism. Philippines is a Catholic country, but I don't even feel the presence of the pope (help, community service, projects, etc.), unfortunately.


dustgaudan said...
March 14, 2013 at 1:23 PM

New Pope, new perspective from the Catholics all over the world.


Franc said...
March 14, 2013 at 1:33 PM

Cheers to the New Pope! I have high hopes to the new pope and may he lead the church amidst the changing times.


Claire said...
March 14, 2013 at 1:50 PM

Cheers to all the Catholics in the world. Let us support and pray the new Pope.


Mark Joseph Gesite said...
March 14, 2013 at 2:16 PM

I am not a catholic but I am happy for the catholics that they have selected a new pope as their leader.


simply kim said...
March 14, 2013 at 4:23 PM

yes, Catholics from around the world are celebrating. i already received a lot of text messages from fellow Catholics who want to share their happiness over the new pope..


Paul Hafalla said...
March 14, 2013 at 5:10 PM

I am a Christian and I believe in the Christian faith, but since I am an artist I cling more on culture and heritage whether Christian, Muslim, Pagan, etc. Congrats to the new Catholic Pope.


Joey said...
March 14, 2013 at 5:44 PM

Viva Il Papa! Hope this new Pope brings positive changes to the Catholic faith and practices.


Zion Campo said...
March 14, 2013 at 5:49 PM

Hopefully, this new Pope brings in a new light of hope for the Christian community all over the world.


iaadamlim said...
March 14, 2013 at 6:35 PM

Congratulations to the Catholic Community for electing a new Pope. It is very important to have a symbol of leadership in any community especially the church.


jsncruz said...
March 14, 2013 at 8:59 PM

I'm very optimistic about Pope Francis. He looks kind and I hear he's a modern man and he might be the breath of fresh air the Catholic Church could use.


Albert Israel said...
March 14, 2013 at 11:08 PM

I believe that inside the Vatican and Cysteine Chapel he was not a surprise choice I mean who are you expecting to become the next Pope? But then we'll see what he can do for us Catholics. Hail to our new Pope!


DiaryniGracia said...
March 14, 2013 at 11:16 PM

I my self was inspired by the new pop catholic people does had. . .another history of hope for the whole world. .


dimaks said...
March 15, 2013 at 12:23 AM

This is a historical landmark for our Christian brethren. I'm not a catholic but I am more than excited to know the bright prospects of the new Pope in the realm of religious tolerance and harmony.


Chubskulit Rose said...
March 15, 2013 at 5:13 AM

He looks like a very dignified and humble man!


ChrisAir Seneba said...
March 15, 2013 at 7:55 AM

I think he deserved it, actually anyone who'll become Pope is the righteous one, although sometime I couldn't understand what he's sayin


Mommy Liz said...
March 15, 2013 at 8:00 AM

Is he the replacement of Pope John Paul II? not familiar with all these popes.. He seems great.

Liza Barnett


Prettymom said...
March 15, 2013 at 8:01 AM

hopefully, the new pope will bring new hope to us, may God bless and guide him always..


~Ms. Joy mH~ said...
March 15, 2013 at 10:11 AM

I've been watching this too even though I'm not a catholic yet I think I was just getting into the hype that people were experiencing. But, I heard good things about him and that's good.


Mald|taH said...
March 15, 2013 at 1:07 PM

God bless the new Pope. May he be an instrument to bring the people closer to God. May he inspire people to walk each day with Faith. I am not a Catholic but I am happy that the 1.2B Catholics now have a new leader. May he be a blessing to all.

LadySoda


Marri Bermudez said...
March 15, 2013 at 1:47 PM

May the new POPE symbolizes unity and peace not only to Catholics but to other communities with diverse faith.


Mauie Flores said...
March 15, 2013 at 2:58 PM

I'm one of the many who were surprised when Pope Francis was elected because he was "invisible" lately in the news. But after reading about this humble Pope, I understood why he was elected by the conclavev.


♥peachkins♥ said...
March 15, 2013 at 6:32 PM

Pope Francis is a humble pope. Good news to catholics around the world.


Adin B said...
March 16, 2013 at 12:19 AM

I am no Catholic and don't know much about the new Pope, but I am sure all the Catholics in the world are happy celebrating the new Pope.


Shela said...
March 16, 2013 at 6:32 AM

I am so outdated in the news lately, didn't know about having new one until i bumped here :)


Shela said...
March 16, 2013 at 6:32 AM

I am so outdated in the news lately, didn't know about having new one until i bumped here :)


Earl Pablo said...
March 16, 2013 at 11:24 AM

I salute to this new pope. Though he has a major health issue which is having only one lung.

Let's pray for him to guide the church.


Orly Ballesteros said...
March 16, 2013 at 8:17 PM

I pray that the Pope will use his power to unify people and respect diversity.


melandriaonline said...
March 16, 2013 at 8:38 PM

i hope everything will be okay with the new pope leading the catholic church.


Bebengisms said...
March 16, 2013 at 9:44 PM

I'm not a Catholic but I hope Pope Francis the First will lead the world the God wants it. :)


Ron Leyba said...
March 19, 2013 at 10:08 AM

Hoping that the new POPE can bring goodwill to many CATHOLICS.

Good Luck Pope FRANCIS!


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