Habemus Papam! Cardinal Bergolio Elected Pope - Francis
Habemus Papam! Cardinal bergoglio Elected Pope - Francis
VATICAN March 13, 2013:
Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina has been elected as the new pope of the Catholic Church. He has chosen the name Pope Francis. The 266th pope of the Church appeared for the first time at the balcony of the Basilica and addressed hundreds and thousands of cheering people
He asked the faithful to pray for him. Cheers erupted as he gave a blessing. His name was announced almost after an hour the white smoke emerged from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel, suggesting that the College of Cardinals have chosen the successor of Benedict XVI.
He is the first cardinal from Latin America and first Jesuit to become a pope. Bergoglio, 76, has spent nearly his entire career at home in Argentina, overseeing churches and shoe-leather priests.
The archbishop of Buenos Aires reportedly got the second-most votes after Joseph Ratzinger in the 2005 papal election. The new pontiff has long specialized in the kind of pastoral work that some say is an essential skill for the next pope. In a lifetime of teaching and leading priests in Latin America, which has the largest share of the world’s Catholics, Bergoglio has shown a keen political sensibility as well as the kind of self-effacing humility that fellow cardinals value highly.
He is known for modernizing an Argentine church that had been among the most conservative in Latin America. The 115 cardinals have been in isolation since Tuesday and held four inconclusive votes.
At least 77 of them, or two-thirds, would have had to vote for a single candidate for him to be elected Pope. Before the conclave began, there was no clear frontrunner to replace Benedict.
Pope Francis: His first words.. listen...
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 gone 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 like to say a prayer pray for our Bishop Emeritus Benedict XVI. Let us all pray together for him, that the Lord will bless him and that our Lady will protect him.
Glory to the Father…
And now let us begin this journey, the Bishop and the 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 the help of my Cardinal Vicar, may 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.