The Rise of Pope Francis, Jorge Mario Bergoglio

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The election of Jorge Mario Bergoglio to supreme pontiff Wednesday marks a series of firsts for Catholicism: He’s the first South American pope, the first Jesuit pope and the first to bear the name Francis.

The 76 year old Argentinean is the son of a railway worker and is known for his humility. He reportedly denies himself the luxuries afforded to many Cardinals, taking the bus to work and cooking his own meals. Indeed, his choice of name, Francis, is said to be significant: Francis Xavier was one of the founders of the Jesuit order – one founded on humility – and many believe Pope Francis is signaling a new direction for the church.

Just like his predecessor though, he is conservative on social issues and is a vocal opponent of gay marriage and abortion. He is also said to have been a runner up in the papal election of 2005.

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Whatanotion
Whatanotion

Was very interestingly moved to say a Rosary for this Pope.  Never happened before.   I pray he has a good effect for everyone.  Howdy from the Texas Gulf Coast Most Holy Fr. Francis!  Be you blessed and encouraged and spontaneously creative.

Sinibaldi
Sinibaldi

Luz de vida / Thanks Argentina.


En el candor

de la espiritualidad

brilla una luz,

intensisima y viva;

el dulce sonido

ilumina el canto

que recuerda

el pasar de la

nueva emoción

y esta armonía,

regalando un

instante de mágica

paz, dona la

fuerza y un

suspiro de amor:

es la luz de

la vida, la cándida

voz que llama

el futuro.


Francesco Sinibaldi

timevicente
timevicente

If I read the heart and mind of God, the new Catholic pontiff, Pope Francis I, is exactly the Catholic leader not just for the Catholic world but by effect for the entire world.  His fearless defense of God's standards on marriage and abortion arouses in the heart of the faithful Christians, regardless of religious denomination, a new hope for a better world.  I have prayed for the election of one like him, and I, though not a Catholic, am not disappointed. Additionally, I now pray for his good health and outstanding success.  Bravo!

bilaljafar2010
bilaljafar2010

Some Important Things to Know about Pope Francis

 1. Francis opposes same-sex marriage and abortion

 2. Francis clashed with the government of Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner over his opposition to gay marriage and free distribution of contraceptives.

 3. Francis, was accused in a complaint of complicity in the 1976 kidnapping of two liberal Jesuit priests. 

 More Important facts about Pope Francis are at 

http://wallstnews.blogspot.com/2013/03/pope-francis.html

antiK
antiK

@bilaljafar2010 you pick information manipulated by the kirchner govenment don't believe what they said when, they participate of this "kidnapping", he was too young to participated , they used another photos to make believe everyone that we participated, but that is not the true, the government manipulated all the information, please help us, they are doing the same thing that chavez do with venezuela and castro with cuba...