Friday, 15 March 2013

Francis I!!!!!!

I really should have posted this yesterday but I was exremely busy. "WE HAVE A NEW POPE!!!" No doubt pretty much everyone has already heard but anyway I am so excited!!!
Francis I!!!!!!! I woke up on Thursday morning and Mum was sitting up in bed with her I-Phone. "We have a new Pope!!" She said and I almost didn't believe but you know what?! We do!!!

A little bit about Francis I: Vatican Radio) The man elected to be the 265th Successor of Saint Peter in the conclave, is Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, S.J., Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Ordinary for Eastern-rite faithful in Argentin who lack an Ordinary of their own rite. He was born on 17 December 1936 in Buenos Aires.
He was ordained for the Jesuits on 13 December 1969 during his theological studies at the Theological Faculty of San Miguel. He was novice master in San Miguel, where he also taught theology.
He was Provincial for Argentina (1973-1979) and rector of the Philosophical and Theological Faculty of San Miguel (1980-1986). After completing his doctoral dissertation in Germany, he served as a confessor and spiritual director in Córdoba.
On 20 May 1992 he was appointed titular Bishop of Auca and Auxiliary of Buenos Aires, receiving episcopal consecration on 27 June. On 3 June 1997 was appointed Coadjutor Archbishop of Buenos Aires and succeeded Cardinal Antonio Quarracino on 28 February 1998.
 He is also Ordinary for Eastern-rite faithful in Argentina who lack an Ordinary of their own rite. 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.Created and proclaimed Cardinal by the Bl. John Paul II in the consistory of 21 February 2001, of the Title of S. Roberto Bellarmino (St. Robert Bellarmine).
Member of:Congregations: for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments; for the Clergy; for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life Pontifical Council for the Family;Pontifical Commission for Latin America.Here some other facts about him:
He staunchly opposes gay marriage and abortion
He's the son of Italian immigrants--
He's known for his advocacy on behalf of the poor, primarily in his home country.

My thumbs are up all the way for him!

This is what he said to the crowds in St. Peter's Square upon being elected to the Chair of St, Peter. "Apostolic Blessing "Urbi et Orbi":
Brothers and sisters, good evening! You know that it was the duty of the Conclave to give Rome a Bishop. It seems that my brother Cardinals have gone to the ends of the earth to get one... but here we are... I thank you for your welcome. The diocesan community of Rome now has its Bishop. Thank you! And first of all, I would like to offer a prayer for our Bishop Emeritus, Benedict XVI. Let us pray together for him, that the Lord may bless him and that Our Lady may keep him.
Our Father...
Hail Mary...
Glory Be... And now, we take up this journey: Bishop and People.
This journey of the Church of Rome which presides in charity over all the Churches.
A journey of fraternity, of love, of trust among us.
Let us always pray for one another.
Let us pray for the whole world, that there may be a great spirit of fraternity.
It is my hope for you that this journey of the Church, which we start today, and in which my Cardinal Vicar, here present, will assist me, will be fruitful for the evangelization of this most beautiful city. And now I would like to give the blessing, but first - first I ask a favour of you: before the Bishop blesses his people, I ask you to pray to the Lord that he will bless me: the prayer of the people asking the blessing for their Bishop.
Let us make, in silence, this prayer: your prayer over me. Now I will give the Blessing to you and to the whole world, to all men and women of good will.
Brothers and sisters, I leave you now. Thank you for your welcome. Pray for me and until we meet again. We will see each other soon.
Tomorrow I wish to go and pray to Our Lady, that she may watch over all of Rome.
Good night and sleep well!"

 Here's John Allen's take on the new Pope: "Back in 2005, Bergoglio drew high marks as an accomplished intellectual, having studied theology in Germany. His leading role during the Argentine economic crisis burnished his reputation as a voice of conscience, and made him a potent symbol of the costs globalization can impose on the world's poor. Bergoglio's reputation for personal simplicity also exercised an undeniable appeal – a Prince of the Church who chose to live in a simple apartment rather than the archbishop's palace, who gave up his chauffeured limousine in favor of taking the bus to work, and who cooked his own meals." 

Sounds like he's humble! Alright :D! Just something that we Catholics believe:

“Catholics do not believe that the pope is perfect, or faultless, or sinless, or even necessarily good, holy, wise, or nice. There have certainly been popes who have made foolish mistakes, enacted ruinous policies, or been bona fide scoundrels. There is one thing, however, that no pope has ever done in all history, from Peter to the present day. No pope has ever taught heresy.” —David B. Currie From his book “Born Fundamentalist, Born Again Catholic” I don't know what else to say now. I will be praying for him and I thank God that he looks like he will be a great Pope. Praise the Lord!!! Habemus Papam!!!!
God Bless

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