Jorge Mario Bergoglio from Argentina has been elected the 265th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church. After white smoke billowed from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel, the Vatican announced that the Jesuit bishop of Buenos Aires has taken the name Francis I. The new pontiff of the Catholic Church embraces the Jesuit theology of humility with its focus on evangelism from door to door. In leading his worldwide congregation in prayer, Pope Francis I stated that “There is a great brotherhood among us.” The Catholics gathered at St. Peter’s Square were united in brotherly joy with all Catholics around the world in welcoming our new Pope to fill the Chair of St. Peter, and to lead the church in these times of turmoil.
NBC World News reports that “Edward Egan, Archbishop Emeritus of New York, said he was confident that the new pope would ‘give us the kind of guidance and support that we are looking for.’ Egan [also] said the new pope needed five qualities. ‘He should be a man of prayer, who loves leading public prayer and privately prays with joy and fulfillment, a man who repeats the gospel message in an uncomplicated manner; and a leader who will lead on the great questions of the day, which he said were justice, compassion and peace.’”
To see Pope Francis’ announcement following his election, go to: