We have a Pope. Seventy-six-year-old Jesuit Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina, has chosen the name Pope Francis I.
It took Wikipedia no time update it’s page.
I know little about Pope Francis. He is said to be holy and humble. May God grant him the strength and graces to do what must be done.
THANK YOU HOLY SPIRIT!!!!
This is a blessed day for the church , for Her bishops , priests, laity and indeed for the world – Catholics and Non- Catholics alike!!!
Not only will Jesus lead us through our Holy Father in Rome, He will also through all those who have long been pushed aside and down.
This day and the days that lie ahead is truly a beautiful day to rejoice and celebrate Life , Peace, Love and The Way!!!
should read ” a beautiful time to …”
Fr. Tim rejoices on his site as well, ” THANK YOU HOLY SPIRIT!!!”
The jury is still out on Frankie from my perspective. The joy and happiness catholics are feeling is great but unless he actually takes huge steps to finally deal with the abuses, it’ll be more of the same pathetic line. Please prove me wrong.
We are people of hope and there Are indicators that some change could happen, much will be dependent upon the influence of the chosen advisors, only time will tell. But all indicators are of a person of God who admonishes the ways of the material world…..
Let us pray that he will have the courage and fortitude of his namesake.
“Start by doing what is necessary, then what is possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” – St. Francis of Assissi
He could learn a lot from the survivors who write on these pages.
Congratulations to Pope Francis I.
Pope Francis may be the leader to seriously help house clean the mess the Roman
Catholic Church sees itself in around the world.
In reality the new Pope can’t satisfy everybody.
As for me, I will enjoy this honeymoon stage for awhile.
Good wishes and good luck to Pope Francis I.
It’s not often these days that I feel proud to be Roman Catholic. I was today. I don’t know that I can put words to it, but, yes, I was proud. For a moment in time, I was proud.
For all the hype and endless speculation – all were sent scrambling when the name of Cardinal Bergoglio was uttered from the balcony. And then, ..the name: Pope Francis I. A new name. A new Pope.
For me, a reminder yet again that God works in mysterious ways.
Is the “Francis” for Saint Francis of Assisi? Or is it St. Francis Xavier? Or perhaps St. Frances de Sales?
I haven’t see anything as yet which tells us, but the thought seems to be that it is St. Francis of Assisi. That’s who I immediately assumed it was. From what I read of the new Pope, he is indeed a humble and holy man who – as did St. Francis – strives to live a life of poverty.
I pulled out my set of Butler’s Lives of the Saints. 19 pages. If indeed it is St. Francis, and our new Pope wishes to emulate the life of this great saint of the Church, I am hopeful for the future. I share the joy of others at this moment, possibly a turning point in the history of our suffering Church.
We shall see.
Like you Lina, I will enjoy the “honeymoon” period. I will pray for Pope Francis: Heaven knows he needs our prayers. I can not imagine the burden he has taken on in assuming the papacy. That is why he truly must be a man of God, and a man of prayer.
St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us.
St. Francis of Assisi, pray for our new Pope.
St. Francis of Assisi, pray for the thousands of suffering souls around the world who have endured the rape of their souls at the hands of a priest.
St. Francis Xavier, I believe.
CNN assumption-St. Francis of Assisi
Yes, it could be St. Francis Xavier, co-founder of the Jesuits. Since the Pope is a Jesuit, that would be apt.
As I mentioned earlier, it could also be St. Francis de Sales – Bishop and Doctor of the Church, and Patron Saint of writers and journalists. He was also a very holy and humble priest who lived a life of poverty. Interesting too in these times that he was a lawyer.
It could be all three, couldn’ t it? He could be entrusting his papacy to the intercession of all three?
I believe he is meeting with media on Saturday – if not before we should definitely find out why the name “Francis” then :).
…and it could be poor Francisco Martinez who raised his large family in the slums of Bueno Aires and was an inspiration for an attentive “servant” who was not looking for “titles” to emulate… but for a broken body and Spirit to to quench.
I hope he will be his own Francis, not to be compared but thanked for his devotion to “children” of all ages…
I Hope he is a Peacemaker.