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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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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!!!
I wish him all the best, too :hug:
The-Golden-Knight Mar 17, 2013  Professional Filmographer
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."
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 ;)
Veronica-Art Mar 16, 2013  Professional General Artist
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 donīt 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:
:hug: What else do we have if not faith?? :heart:
Veronica-Art Mar 22, 2013  Professional General Artist
There is always hope too...
iAmoret Mar 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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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