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Pope Francis

2013-03-14 09:52

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After only five ballots, the new Pope was appointed, the first non-European for 1,000 years: Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, SJ, a 76-year old Argentinian Jesuit. For his papal name he chose - not Ignatius, the Jesuit founder - but Francis, the gentle lover of simplicity and nature. The name, of course, of Francis of Assisi is venerated throughout Italy and indicative of a style of leadership that might surprise the Roman Curia. The new Pope's name might be his agenda as the rebuilder of the Church.

As an outsider to Vatican bureaucracy, the new Pope joked in his initial speech that the cardinals fetched the new Bishop of Rome from the end of the world. The first thing he did was to ask for silence, bow and invite the assembled people to pray for him before he blessed them.

We pray for Pope Francis that he enjoys a fruitful and blessed ministry.

Fr Denis McBride C.Ss.R.

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