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The New Pontiff

Journal Entry: Wed Mar 13, 2013, 1:54 PM
The newest pope, a humble, educated man-of-faith from Buenos Aires, Argentina, has been elected to replace Pope Benedict, who stepped down February 28th, during the recent conclave. He was born Jorge Mario Bergoglio and has been a Cardinal since 2001 and has chosen to be called Francis, after St. Francis of Assisi, a well-respected saint by many people and not simply Catholics. Pope Francis is the 266th Pope in history and the first non-European in 1000 years! Pope Francis is, also, the first Jesuit Pope to be elected.

One day in February, my husband asked me if I had heard that Pope Benedict was retiring. I just stared at him while there was a pause as I thought that news through. I asked confusedly, "wait... that's an option? A Pope can retire? I thought it was a lifetime position!" Patiently, my husband who was raised Catholic, explained that yes it is a lifetime appointment, but a man can choose to retire if the need arises. I asked when the Pope would retire and was told the end of February. I asked if a new Pope would be elected prior to his stepping down and hubby explained that no, that is not how it is done. There will be a conclave in March and then a new Pope would be elected. As I stood in a state of confusion, I just thought, ookkkaayyyy.... I suppose there is a tradition in doing things a certain way in the Catholic Church.

Today I was glued to the TV to see the white smoke appear after just the fifth vote then waited patiently for the new Pontiff to make an appearance. There was certainly a lot of Pomp and Circumstance prior to the arrival of the announcement, with crowds cheering while standing in the rain awaiting the announcement; the official band marched, guards stepped in time and were put into place, hearts raced and patience ensued within giddy excitement. Finally, French cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran appeared after the red drapes opened with a flourish, coming forward and with the Latin words "Annuntio vobis gaudium magnum. Habemus Papam" ("I announce to you a great joy. We have a pope"), the 76-year old Pope Francis was announced to the waiting world.

Out of some 7-billion people in the world, there are 1.2-billion Catholics, and 7% of those Catholics live in the United States, which is a substantial amount compared to the 300-some million people living here. 75-million is a rather high percent of the population as a whole, and that doesn't count other Christians of varying faiths. When there is a new Pontiff that is BIG news!

Personally, I am a Christian with an Eastern-Philosophy bent but if I know anything, I realize that the religion isn't what is important, it is the underlying faith that is important. So today, faith has taken a leap forward in choosing such an honorable man who has lived simply all these years in an apartment, taking the bus and cooking for himself, to be the leader of a religion embraced by so many, many people.
Day 72: Amber Cross Necklaces by poserfan-pholio Day 59: Rosary by poserfan-pholio


Today Pope Francis was announced to the world!
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VaderLover Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013
Hi! I am from Argentina and I don't practise since long time ago but I can say, Cardenal Jorge Bergoglio, now Fracisco, is a good and modest man who worked in the shanty towns. He is a social progressive person. I wish him all the best!!!
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WDWParksGal Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013
I wish him all the best, too :hug:
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The-Golden-Knight Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013
Culturally speaking, this stuff scales on legends. And yet, I'm a Jedi (politically correct wording goes something like Neo-Gnostic), so I have no real knowledge or care about Catholics (but my girlfriend sees things differently).

Even despite the big buzz, I am usually totally indifferent about any kinds of "news" unless it directly involves me (and let's face it, that won't happen anytime soon unless I become more popular than the FOOKING PONIES, or WWIII is upon us). I just decided to stop by and say "Hi."
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WDWParksGal Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013
Had to look up Neo-Gnostic, since I had not heard of it. Interesting.

You can stop by anytime! I'm rather a news junkie. Even when I was little I would watch the evening news... saw news about Nam live! Scary. As you get older you may get more interested in the news of the day ;)
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Veronica-Art Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
Phyllis, being catholic and practicant, I am glad we got a new Pope. Pope Francis, as a Jesuit, should be good for the world. I don´t believe God has religion, but I do believe there is good still in this world. Blessed be those who have faith and thank you for the lovely article. :heart::love:
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WDWParksGal Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013
:hug: What else do we have if not faith?? :heart:
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Veronica-Art Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013
There is always hope too...
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WDWParksGal Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013
:heart: :hug:
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Veronica-Art Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
:heart:
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iAmoret Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Wa-wa-waaaaaaait- popes choose their names? :wow:
I guess I'm just not educated in this sort of thing- I didn't know what a rosary was until a few weeks ago (turns out I got one free with a belt I bought :shrug:).
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WDWParksGal Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013
Yes, Popes choose their own names. My kids received rosaries from their relatives when they were little, even though hubby isn't Catholic any longer and I never was. Got married in the Catholic Church, though. Short ceremony, too. Had to have a Catholic Best Man and Matron of Honor, and one of my brother's and his wife at the time were Catholic, so they stood up for us.

There is always something to learn!
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LyricalInfinity Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Student Writer
If I may, His Holiness has chosen to erase the "I" after his name, due to us, French people.

We had a very young King of France, during the year 1520, who was sworn into office at the age of 17 !
His name was François Premier ( premier stands for " the first )

So as it was deemed disturbing for us, and because in History of the Catholic Church, John Paul II was elected after John Paul 's withdrawal.
His name was not John Paul I, but only John Paul.

Maybe, it explains why the actual Pope has dropped the " I"
But it's also a very common tradition in Latin and Romanic Civilizations, giving someone a number is somehow honorific, it's not only a Jr, Sr distinction ! :)
May the Holy Spirit guide your steps to embrace the Light
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iAmoret Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I was just saying that I thought Francis was his actual name.... :invisible:
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AikoSukoshi Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
did you know that the number equivelant of the phrase on his crown equals 666...
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auxeru Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
It does? Where is that? I missed it.
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AikoSukoshi Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
on his crown (the one that he wears once in his lifetime, when hes ellected), it says vicaruis filli deI:

VICARIUS FILII DEI
THE LITERAL MEANING: VICARIUS - substituting for, or in place of
FILII - means son
DEI - means GOD
V = 5F = no value D = 500
I = 1 I = 1 E = no value
C = 100 L = 50 I = 1
A = no value I = 1 --------
R = no value I = 1 501
I = 1 --------
U/V = 5 53
S = no value
-------- 112 + 53 + 501 = 666


[link] here u go.
read about it here.
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auxeru Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
So basically; one that bears the beasts' number is standing in place of God and His Son. Now that's interesting.
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AikoSukoshi Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013
isnt it?

and over a billion people believe that hes the son of god.



im not making this up, if you google the phrase, thousands of references to the Antichrist will pop up..


The Pope IS the Antichrist.


god knew that politics and religion shouldnt mix.
such a mix gives virtuallu unlimited power that could someday be used against him. :I


I bet after saying that, ill get 109712887128718812262 rage replies about how stupid I am.

pfft.


bible verse time


revelation 13.7
Also it was allowed to make war on the saints and to conquer them. And authority was given it over every tribe and
people and language and nation,
revelation 14.9
And I saw a beast rising out of the sea, with ten horns and seven heads, with ten diadems on its horns and blasphemous
names on its heads. And the beast that I saw was like a leopard; its feet were like a bear's, and its mouth was like a
lion's mouth. And to it the dragon gave his power and his throne and great authority. One of its heads seemed to have a
mortal wound, but its mortal wound was healed, and the whole earth marveled as they followed the beast. And they
worshiped the dragon, for he had given his authority to the beast, and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like the
beast, and who can fight against it?” And the beast was given a mouth uttering haughty and blasphemous words, and it
was allowed to exercise authority for forty-two months. ...

the mortal wound describes the fall of the vatican, when exactly 1000 years later, just as predicted, was almost destroyed but managed to recover :U


I just wish more people knew about this...
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sethrielle Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I remember when Pope John Paul II passed away. I did cry when it was announced, because it felt like such a pure soul was ripped of this world. And I must say, even though I wished for it in a way, I did not expect Bergoglio to be the one, I found out buying groceries even.

But leaving any religious manner aside, for I don't practise sin ce long ago, this man is a good man, humble, abnegated and obliging. And I felt instant relief. I believe, as a pesonal opinion, faith is in good hands.
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WDWParksGal Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
I agree :nod: :heart:
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KaizokuShojo Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013   Traditional Artist
I'm not a catholic, I don't believe in the pope as the mouth of God, but I support this non-inflammatory article. :thumbsup:
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WDWParksGal Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
Thank you. I just wanted to pay respect to the new Pontiff. It never occurred to me that people perceive he is the mouth of God, but I suppose there are people who believe that. He most surely is the mouth of the Roman Catholic Church, though :aww:
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sethrielle Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I must say, I second this, particularly about being non-inflammatory.
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Hildugard Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Student Artist
The last Pope according to some old prophesy, Un-officially 'Peter The Roman'.
This new one is a Italian 'Roman' and has some connection to some saint named Peter.
Maybe I shouldn't read anymore of that stuff. ^_^
I'm not a Baptised Catholic, parent/family is though.
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WDWParksGal Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013
I am part of a huge family on both my husband and I's sides, and there are Catholics, Lutherans and other Christian religions. And there's a couple atheists.

Interesting information you provided!
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Mirz123 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013
As a Catholic, it's always an amazing event. But it was particularly amazing since I heard another group was so convinced their nominee was going to win, they sent announcements out, only to retract! :D
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WDWParksGal Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
I didn't know that! There were so many people that could have been chosen for the new Pontiff. It was quite a list. I would read about the conclave and see the news but didn't really know all that much about it. I'm not Catholic but if the Pope ever came to town it would certainly be amazing to see him!
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Mirz123 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
I was just a very small girl with Pope John Paul II came to Chicago. I didn't get to go, but my mom did. I remember watching it on t.v. It was amazing.
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Minato-Kushina Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013
The process of election of a Pope is kinda fascinating to me! Waiting for the white smoke to appear must be exciting for people who were there! :D

Congratulations especially to people from Argentina who have been super proud since yesterday! :giggle:
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WDWParksGal Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013
I agree. I have seen a few new Popes elected in my lifetime and each time the TV cameras did not relent until the white smoke was seen! Pope Francis I is a wonderful choice and Latinos must be especially proud. :aww:
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poserfan Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Professional
drop the numeral after his name, he chose not to use it.

This is my third election; though I can't remember the first one which was John Paul. But I was pretty young at that time and didn't care much about such stuff.

The hype was soo big this time, probably due to Benedicts retirement before; first time the world has two living popes.
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WDWParksGal Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
Wasn't sure if Francis was going to use the "I" or not. Thanks for the heads-up.
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poserfan Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Professional
Even the vatican is having trouble on his website. Sometimes even there the 'I.' stands behing his name. Some media are also having trouble with it, though Vatican stated there'll be numeral after his name.

I guess should there ever be another pontiff with that name, the current one will get the 'I.' posthum, if he likes it or not. Happend to the first John Paul too. He got the numeral posthum after John Paul II. chose this name.
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aLzRitH Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Finally, a new pope! (though I hope it would be Cardinal Tagle but... oh well). I hope he'll do good! :clap:
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WDWParksGal Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013
Many people felt the same way about Cardinal Tagle, but he is quite young yet at age 55 and he very well may be the Pope following Francis :hug:
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aLzRitH Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
True. :nod: He's still young. He can still contribute to the Church without being a pope. :)
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poserfan Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Professional
All the favorites didn't make it this time; Top favorites were Scola, Bertone and Turkson. Scola was already a favorite in the conclave which elected John Paul II. but he was too young at that time.

Also named were Scherer, Schönborn, O'Malley, Ouellet and Tagle, though Tagle and Schönborn were actually outsider favorites for different reasons plus Tagle is too young. Scherer was the top favorit for a Latin American pope, not Bergoglio. Ouellet due to his close friendship to two former popes, though he doesn't want to be pope.

Bergoglio was already one of the favorites in the last conclave 2005; only his waiver made it possible for cardinal Ratzinger to become Pope Benedict XVI. He lost with 84:26 votes against Ratzinger in the last and fourth round of that conclave.

Bergoglio may change the life of the Roman Curia drastically if he continues to live modestly. Some cardinals who love their power and their lifestyle are already getting a bit anxious according to rumours. However, if Francis solve the disputes of the Roman Curia with the same ease his namesake has had, we'll see the beginning of a great pontificate.
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WDWParksGal Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013
Thank you for the link! I put it in my favorites on YouTube, so I can finish watching it. What a beautiful, amazing place The Vatican is :aww:
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BenyiHS Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Student General Artist
I'm from Argentina, and we're really proud of Francis!! :heart:
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WDWParksGal Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013
I bet you are :hug: ~ since he received the second-highest amount of votes when Benedict was elected, it is obvious Pope Francis I is well-liked and thought of and will be an amazing Pontiff :nod:
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poserfan Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Professional
See, and if you had looked at my photo account, you would have known as I posted an image of a rosary on the last day of February and wrote in the description that Benedict choose to retire freely and what will be his new style. [link] This is the first time, the roman-catholic church has two living popes.

I'm of Protestant/Lutheran beliefs, so usually I don't care much about the pope, but Benedict is a German and there was a über-hype 8 years ago when he was elected and the biggest newspaper here titled "We are Pope" at that time. They offered a replica of this title as poster in February to all readers.

From what we could see about Pope Francis it looks like he'll continue Benedicts way of humility. I hope he's up to the task to finally enact reforms; they're long overdue. In hindsight, it would be very wise of John Paul if he had done the same thing as Benedict: retirement. His long illness and his weakness worked in favour for the counterparties and produced a really big power vacuum.
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WDWParksGal Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013
I just remedied that by adding your photo account to my watch. I couldn't remember the name of it even though you had sent me the link before. I added the lovely rosary to the bottom of the article. Such a wonderful tribute.
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poserfan Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Professional
Thanks for featuring the image. :hug:
And I made another tribute, this time for the new pontiff and added some interesting facts to it. [link]

My accounts are all mentioned in my signature, you just need to look at it. ;)
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WDWParksGal Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013
I added it to the journal, as well as inviting it into #DevNews ~ wonderful tribute :aww:

And yet I never noticed the signature :iconimwithstupidplz: :iconwdwparksgal: :roll:
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poserfan Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Professional
It just occured to me it kinda makes sense - two crosses for two popes!

I usually read signatures, sometimes they're funny, sometimes have interesting links to offer. But hey, we all have our blonde moments....

Thanks for the extra feature at #DevNews
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AshenSorrow Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:woohoo: hope he is going to be a Good one!! :worship:
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WDWParksGal Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013
:pray: Me, too! :hug: :please:
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