Noon Pacific time update, Wednesday March 13th 2013
Announcement from the balcony: 8:12 pm March 13th 2013:
Habemus Papum: “We Have A New Pope.”
It’s Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio from Argentina, now also known as Pope Francis.
Pope Francis is 76 years old. He spent his entire career in South America. He is the first Pope to hail from South America. He is also the first Jesuit Pope. He is the first Pope born in the Americas.
Cited: “Francis becomes the 266th pontiff in the Church’s 2,000-year history at a time of great crisis and difficulty. Although a conservative he is seen as a reformer and was not among the small group of frontrunners identified before the election.”
The new Pope Francis inherits a church troubled on multiple fronts by a burgeoning and unwieldy, almost dysfunctional governing hierarchy in which the left hand often does not know what the right hand is doing, a church shamed by multiple sex and financial scandals in recent years, and a church which is arguably nearly 30 years behind the rest of the world in technology adaption and usage. He will bear a huge burden to address these manifold problems and unite scattered and diminishing Catholic congregations across the world. He asked the enormous crowd gathered to pray for him, and then led a prayer service for the masses gathered, right after he made his first appearance on the Vatican balcony.
Cited: “On behalf of the American people, Michelle and I offer our warm wishes to His Holiness Pope Francis as he ascends to the Chair of Saint Peter and begins his papacy. As a champion of the poor and the most vulnerable among us, he carries forth the message of love and compassion that has inspired the world for more than two thousand years—that in each other we see the face of God. As the first pope from the Americas, his selection also speaks to the strength and vitality of a region that is increasingly shaping our world, and alongside millions of Hispanic Americans, those of us in the United States share the joy of this historic day. Just as I appreciated our work with Pope Benedict XVI, I look forward to working with His Holiness to advance peace, security and dignity for our fellow human beings, regardless of their faith. We join with people around the world in offering our prayers for the Holy Father as he begins the sacred work of leading the Catholic Church in our modern world.”
- LIVE VIDEO: Cardinals vote to elect pope (wptv.com)
- Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio (local10.com)
- Papal Election: Politics Or Holy Spirit? (huffingtonpost.com)