Thursday, March 14, 2013
Do you like this story?
Posted on Thursday, March 14, 2013
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.
This post was written by: Mark Ferdinand Tayag
Makoy is a Senior Software Engineer based in Singapore. He enjoys cooking, swimming, running and taking photos. Makoy started blogging way back 1998 during his College years. Aside from his personal blog, he maintains a music blog, an entertainment blog, making money online blog and a photo blog. A certified Filipino blogger that wants to dominate the blogosphere.
Follow him on Twitter and Instagram.