Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Pope Francis 1

"Habemus Papam."  "We have a Pope."

The Catholic Church has a new Pope - Pope Francis 1 greeted the faithful who gathered by the tens of thousands in the cold rainy weather for over 24hrs, anxiously awaiting the news of a new Pope.

At approximately 2:00pm EST, the white smoke poured from the Vatican chimney and the bells sounded, signaling that after 5 rounds of  Conclave voting, 115 Cardinals indeed came to at least 2/3 agreement that Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina would head the Roman Catholic Church.

A little background on Pope Francis..."Trained as a chemist ... became a priest when he was 32 and an archbishop in 1998. Bergoglio is a Jesuit, which would make him an unusual and perhaps controversial choice for the papacy. His academic credentials abound: He pursued theological studies in Germany, has published three books and has served as grand chancellor of The Catholic University in Argentina. Bergoglio has been praised as being a 'good pastor' with a 'strong capacity for governance with unusual gifts of humility.' Indeed, the archbishop shuns a chauffeur-driven limousine, in favor of public transportation."