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We have a new Pope:

Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio  of Argentina has been elected as the New Pope and he has taken the name Francis under the patronage of St. Francis of Assisi, a saint who vowed to be poor and for the poor. He also loved God  intimately like Lord Jesus and God’s creation. The New Pope indicates his wish to live simple and to love the poor. 

A Selection from his homily at the Holy Mass with the Cardinals who elected him

Francis warned, "When we journey without the cross, when we build without the cross and when we confess a Christ without the cross, we are not disciples of the Lord: we are worldly, we are bishops, priests, cardinals, popes, but not disciples of the Lord."

The new Bishop of Rome then called his listeners to courage, saying they had lived "days of grace." 
He urged them to "have courage, precisely the courage, to walk in the Lord's presence, with the cross of the Lord; to build the Church upon the blood of the Lord, which was poured out on the cross; and to confess the only glory there is: Christ crucified. And in this way the Church will go forward."

"It is my wish for all of us that the Holy Spirit – through the prayer of Our Lady, our Mother – bestow upon us the grace of journeying, building, confessing Jesus Christ crucified," the Pope concluded.

Praying for Benedict

After the homily, the Prayers of the Faithful prayed for the new Pontiff and also for His Holiness Benedict XVI, "that he may serve the Church while hidden to the world, in a life dedicated to prayer and meditation." 

They also prayed that national leaders "not act with force or for personal interest, not in tyranny over persons, but conscious that every power comes from God." 

Finally, they recalled "those who are suffering and those who are lost in the struggles of life. That Christ, the supreme Shepherd, may restore and console them and crown them with glory."

Full text of homily: www.zenit.org/en/articles/francis-1st-homily
 

Pope Francis’ First Words to the People of God

"And now let us begin this journey, [together] as bishop and people. This journey of the Church of Rome, which is to preside over all the Churches in charity. It is a journey of fraternity, of love, of trust between us. Let us always pray for one another. Let us pray for the world, so that a great brotherhood may be created. I hope that this journey of the Church, which we begin today and in which my Cardinal Vicar who is present here will assist me, will be fruitful for the Evangelization of this beautiful city."
- His Holiness, Pope Francis


Vatican City, March 13, 2013:  Here is a translation of the brief greeting Pope Francis gave from the central balcony of St. Peter’s Square following his election as the Successor of St. Peter.
Brothers and sisters, Good Evening!

You know that the duty of the Conclave was to give a bishop to Rome. It seems as though my brother cardinals went almost to the end of the world to get him. But here we are. I thank you for your welcome. The diocesan community of Rome has a bishop. Thank you!
Before all else, I would like to say a prayer for our Bishop Emeritus Benedict XVI. Let us all pray together for him, that the Lord may bless him and that Our Lady may watch over him …

[Our Father … Hail Mary … Glory be] And now let us begin this journey, [together] as bishop and people. This journey of the Church of Rome, which is to preside over all the Churches in charity. It is a journey of fraternity, of love, of trust between us. Let us always pray for one another. Let us pray for the world, so that a great brotherhood may be created. I hope that this journey of the Church, which we begin today and in which my Cardinal Vicar who is present here will assist me, will be fruitful for the Evangelization of this beautiful city.

And now I would like to give you my blessing. But before I do, I would like to ask you a favor: before the bishop blesses the people, I ask you to pray to the Lord that He bless me…. the prayer of the people for a blessing upon their bishop. Let us take a moment of silence for you to offer your prayer for me.”[Silence … the Holy Father bows][Cardinal N. says “The Holy Father, Francesco …”] “Now I will give you my blessing and to the whole world, to all men and women of good will.”[Pope’s blessing]
Brothers and Sisters, I leave you now. Thank you for your welcome. Pray for me. And we’ll see one another again soon. Tomorrow I want to go and pray to Our Lady, asking her to watch over Rome.  Good night and have a good rest.
 
-Courtesy: ICAN
 
Pope Francis: A Profile

New Pope Is 76 Years Old

VATICAN CITY, March 14, 2013 (Zenit.org) - Jorge Mario Bergoglio was born Dec. 17, 1936, in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

On Dec. 13, 1969, he was ordained a priest of the Society of Jesus, the Jesuits.

On May 20, 1992, he was appointed auxiliary bishop of Buenos Aires, and titular bishop of Auca.

He was ordained a bishop on June 27, 1992.

On June 3, 1997, he was appointed coadjutor bishop of Buenos Aires, and took over the archdiocese on Feb. 28, 1998.

On Feb. 21, 2001, he was elevated to cardinal and appointed cardinal-priest of the church of San Robert Bellarmine.

Pope Francis' Official Biography

VATICAN CITY, March 14, 2013 (Zenit.org) - Here is the official biography of Pope Francis, released by the Vatican.

Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, S.J., Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Ordinary for Eastern-rite faithful in Argentina who lack an Ordinary of their own rite, was born on 17 December 1936 in Buenos Aires. He studied and holds a degree as a chemical technician, but then chose the priesthood and entered the seminary of Villa Devoto. On 11 March 1958 he moved to the novitiate of the Company of Jesus where he finished studies in the humanities in Chile. In 1963, on returning to Buenos Aires, he obtained a degree in philosophy at the St. Joseph major seminary of San Miguel.

Between 1964 and 1965 he taught literature and psychology at the Immacolata College in Santa Fe and then in 1966 he taught the same subjects at the University of El Salvador, in Buenos Aires. From 1967 to 1970 he studied theology at the St. Joseph major seminary of San Miguel where he obtained a degree. On 13 December 1969 he was ordained a priest. From 1970 to 1971 he completed the third probation at Alcala de Henares, Spain, and on 22 April 1973, pronounced his perpetual vows.

He was novice master at Villa Varilari in San Miguel from 1972 to 1973, where he also taught theology. On 31 July 1973 he was elected as Provincial for Argentina, a role he served as for six years.

From 1980 to 1986 he was rector of the Philosophical and Theological Faculty of San Miguel as well as pastor of the Patriarca San Jose parish in the Diocese of San Miguel. In March of 1986 he went to Germany to finish his doctoral thesis. The superiors then sent him to the University of El Salvador and then to Cordoba where he served as a confessor and spiritual director.

On 20 May 1992, John Paul II appointed him titular Bishop of Auca and Auxiliary of Buenos Aires. He received episcopal consecration in the Cathedral of Buenos Aires from Cardinal Antonio Quarracino, Apostolic Nuncio Ubaldo Calabresi, and Bishop Emilio Ognenovich of Mercedes-Lujan on 27 June of that year.

On 3 June 1997 he was appointed Coadjutor Archbishop of Buenos Aires and succeeded Cardinal Antonio Quarracino on 28 February 1998.

He was Adjunct Relator General of the 10th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, October 2001.
He served as President of the Bishops' Conference of Argentina from 8 November 2005 until 8 November 2011.

He was created and proclaimed Cardinal by Blessed John Paul II in the consistory of 21 February 2001, of the Title of S. Roberto Bellarmino (St. Robert Bellarmine).

He was a member of:
The Congregations for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments; for the Clergy; and for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life;

the Pontifical Council for the Family; and the Pontifical Commission for Latin America.                       

–Courtesy: Zenit.org


Clarifications regarding the Name and  number  the present  Pope:


The Vatican clarified that his name is just Francis, and there is no need to refer to him with a number unless or until a future pope takes the name Francis II.

More confusion surrounds references to Francis as the Successor of St. Peter. Is he the 265th, 266th or 267th pope?
Everyone knows St. Peter was the first pope, which means St. Linus (who reigned from 67 to 76) was St. Peter's first successor.

Following that logic and according to some counts, Francis is the 266th pope, the 265th successor of St. Peter.
However, as James Hitchcock, author of "History of the Catholic Church," clarified for ZENIT, "Stephen II in the eighth century died before he was installed as pope. Some lists count him and some do not."

Thus, Francis is considered by some the 267th pope, the 266th successor of St. Peter.
On the Net:

List of Popes: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/12272b.htm

St. Peter’s Basilica, a night view

Interior of the Basilica

St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome

- Courtesy: Zenit.org  

 
 
 
 
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