A new pope was announced at Vatican City today, reported NBC News on March 13. Jean-Louis Tauran has announced that Archibishop of Buenos Aires will be the new pope to lead the world’s Catholics.
NBC News televised and quoted Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio atop the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica, “I announce to you news of great joy! We have a Pope!”
According to NBC News, 76-year-old from Argentina is a Jesuit scholar and has a diploma in Chemistry; he also upholds great compassion for the poor.
George Weigel, NBC New Vatican Analyst said, “He’s a man of genuine spiritual depth.”
Moments later, the 266th appointed pontiff appeared for the first time at the balcony.
Bergoglio’s first words to the public, “I want to thank you very much for the welcoming. The community of Rome has its Bishop, thank you. And first of all, I would like to say a prayer for our Bishop emeritus, Benedict the sixteenth. Let’s pray all together for him so that the lords bless him and together with the Virgin Mary, our father who art in heaven…”
Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio is the 266th pontiff today. The occasion was televised worldwide outside the Vatican; the new pope officially leads the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics.
It rained in the crowded Vatican City for two full days during the voting by The Conclave of Cardinals for the new pope. Ironically, once the white billows of smoke emerged, the rain ironically stopped; not a drop appeared since the smoke signaled to the world. How miraculous was that?
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