Habemus papam!!! We have a pope!!!
After only five ballots in two days of the Papal Conclave, the College of Cardinals has selected Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentine as Pope Francis of the Roman Catholic Church!! Crowds packing St. Peter's Square celebrated by waving flags and cheering the announcement as bells were ringing and the Swiss Guard played music. Here is some information regarding our new Holy Father, the Roman Pontiff and Bishop of Rome, Pope Francis!
Brothers and sisters good evening.
You all know that the duty of the Conclave was to give a bishop to Rome. It seems that my brother Cardinals have come almost to the ends of the earth to get him… but here we are. I thank you for the welcome that has come from the diocesan community of Rome.
First of all I would say a prayer pray for our Bishop Emeritus Benedict XVI. Let us all pray together for him, that the Lord bless him and Our Lady protect him.
Glory to the Father…
And now let us begin this journey, the Bishop and people, this journey of the Church of Rome which presides in charity over all the Churches, a journey of brotherhood in love, of mutual trust. Let us always pray for one another. Let us pray for the whole world that there might be a great sense of brotherhood . My hope is that this journey of the Church that we begin today, together with help of my Cardinal Vicar, be fruitful for the evangelization of this beautiful city.
And now I would like to give the blessing, but first I want to ask you a favour. Before the bishop blesses the people I ask that you would pray to the Lord to bless me – the prayer of the people for their Bishop. Let us say this prayer – your prayer for me – in silence.
[The Protodeacon announced that all those who received the blessing, either in person or by radio, television or by the new means of communication receive the plenary indulgence in the form established by the Church. He prayed that Almighty God protect and guard the Pope so that he may lead the Church for many years to come, and that he would grant peace to the Church throughout the world.]
[Immediately afterwards Pope Francis gave his first blessing Urbi et Orbi – To the City and to the World.]
I will now give my blessing to you and to the whole world, to all men and women of good will.
Brothers and sisters, I am leaving you. Thank you for your welcome. Pray for me and I will be with you again soon.
We will see one another soon. Tomorrow I want to go to pray the Madonna, that she may protect Rome. Good night and sleep well!
The first pope from Latin America, Argentine Cardinal Bergoglio is a Jesuit with a growing reputation as a very spiritual man with a talent for pastoral leadership serving in a region with the largest number of the world's Catholics. Since 1998, he has been archbishop of Buenos Aires, where his style is low-key and close to the people. While in Buenos Aires, "Father Jorge" created new parishes, restructured the administrative offices, led pro-life initiatives, and started new pastoral programs including one for divorcees. He is well-known to the bishops. He has also spoken out against abortion and same-sex marriages and has written books regarding spirituality and meditation.
Born on December 17, 1936, he received a master's degree in chemistry and later became a Jesuit, studying at the Jesuit seminary of Villa Devoto. After earning a degree in phillosphy and teaching literature and psychology at Inmaculada high school in the province of Santa Fe, returned to his theological studies and was ordained a priest December 13, 1969. He was appointed auxiliary bishop of Buenos Aires in 1992 and spent most of his low-profile time tending to the Catholic University, counseling priests, preaching, and hearing confessions. He was installed as the new archbishop of Buenos Aires February 28, 1998. Bergoglio was installed as a cardinal on February 21, 2001.
On Wednesday, March 13, 2013, Cardinal Bergoglio was elected as Pope Francis. He is the first Jesuit priest chosen to be pope. He is also the first non-European pope since Pope Gregory III of Syria (731 – 741). He has been a member of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, Congregation for the Clergy, Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, and the Pontifical Council for the Family.
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