Few saw it coming. This humble man from the continent of South American in the Spanish-speaking nation of Argentina and born of Italian parents. The secrecy surrounding the conclave is legendary, but we do know that the former Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was voted by a 2/3 majority of the 115 cardinals. He chose the name "Francis," after a couple of saints which is heavy in the symbolism he wanted to show, making Pope Francis a throwback in time.
He is said to have used public transportation and is one who cares about the poor and downtrodden. A simple lifestyle contributed to his reputation for humility. He lived in a small apartment, rather than in the palatial bishop's residence. He gave up his chauffeured limousine in favor of public transportation.
Yet, just after Pope Francis appeared on the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica, the message was "tweeted" out to the world the words in all caps, "HABEMUS PAPAM FRANCISCUM." The twitter account, @Pontifex, began in December, when former Pope Benedict XVI began sending tweets. The word "pontifex" comes from the Latin word meaning "bridge builder." When Benedict resigned the papacy, the Vatican deactivated the account.
Jorge Mario Bergoglio was ordained a priest in the Christian order of the Society of Jesus. Known as the "Jesuits" who are known for their work in education (founding schools, colleges, universities and seminaries), intellectual research, and cultural pursuits, and for their missionary efforts. Jesuits also give retreats, minister in hospitals and parishes. In the end, "Jesuits" are known for their promotion of social justice.
In choosing the name "Francis," he may well adopt the life lessons of St. Francis of Assisi, who was born into wealth as the son of a wealthy foreign cloth merchant. Casting that life aside, St. Francis of Assisi dedicated his life to help the poor. More likely, the selection of the name Francis was influenced by the saint Saint Francis Xavier, who was also a Jesuit. Saint Francis Xavier was the first "missionary" Jesuit.
Both Saint Francis of Assisi and Saint Francis Xavier were men of enormous humility and advocates for social justice. It is this theme that could dominate the papacy of Pope Francis.
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