Skip to comments.Jorge Mario Bergoglio is elected Pope Francis
Posted on 03/13/2013 12:29:03 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
Jorge Mario Bergoglio, SJ (born December 17, 1936) is the current pope of the Roman Catholic Church, elected on March 13, 2013, and taking the regnal name of Francis I. Prior to his election, he served as an Argentine cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. He has served as the Archbishop of Buenos Aires since 1998. He was elevated to the cardinalate in 2001. He was elevated to Pope in March 2013.
Jorge Bergoglio was born in Buenos Aires, one of the five children of an Italian railway worker and his wife. After studying at the seminary in Villa Devoto, he entered the Society of Jesus on March 11, 1958. Bergoglio obtained a licentiate in philosophy from the Colegio Máximo San José in San Miguel, and then taught literature and psychology at the Colegio de la Inmaculada in Santa Fe, and the Colegio del Salvador in Buenos Aires. He was ordained to the priesthood on December 13, 1969, by Archbishop Ramón José Castellano. He attended the Philosophical and Theological Faculty of San Miguel, a seminary in San Miguel. Bergoglio attained the position of novice master there and became professor of theology.
Impressed with his leadership skills, the Society of Jesus promoted Bergoglio and he served as provincial for Argentina from 1973 to 1979. He was transferred in 1980 to become the rector of the seminary in San Miguel where had had studied. He served in that capacity until 1986. He completed his doctoral dissertation in Germany and returned to his homeland to serve as confessor and spiritual director in Córdoba.
I really hope he will bring the Jesuits back to the Catholic Church.
I am not Catholic but he seems like a good man..they made the right choice..today is a very blessed day all the best to Catholics all over the world
What’s wrong with Pope Jorge? Why Pope Francis?
Is there some history to it why they changed his name, or Jorge just too common...hispanic?
He has a sense of humor. He’ll need that.
Since he is not called Peter or Paul can we now put the end of the world comments behind us. Nostradamus did not get it right.
I spoke to God. He says my children will live a long and healthy life and the world, will not end.
Our first Pope from the New World!
they always take a new name
As a Jesuit, he’s referring to Francis Xavier, the Spanish Jesuit who evangelized India. That should give you a hint.
He's Pope Francis.
RE: Whats wrong with Pope Jorge? Why Pope Francis?
Maybe wants to follow the example of Francis of Assisi...
Catholics in Argentina should be very proud..I am not familiar with how this all works but isn’t Bergoglio the first Argentinian to be elected Pope?
Too bad that many citizens and legislators of the United States don’t honor the Constitution as much as the people in Rome and around the world watching the introduction of Pope Francis are honoring him.
I’m still in shock. I neeeever saw this one coming. Bergoglio was “too old,” everyone said.
I trust that the Cardinals were aided by the Holy Spirit when taking their vote, and that thus he is the right choice.
Not “Peter of Rome.” Rather Francis I of Argentina. So much for that load of “prophecies.”
He has a bit of what some characterize as a “social justice” streak, but outright rejected “liberation theology” some time ago. Apparently he really is a humble, devout, and no-nonsense kind of person. At least that’s what I’ve dug up in the past 10 minutes or so. Anyone else?
PS First Jesuit Pope.
Francis Xavier, not Francis of Assisi. Different religios orders.
“RE: Whats wrong with Pope Jorge? Why Pope Francis?
Maybe wants to follow the example of Francis of Assisi...”
More likely to emulate Saint Francis Xavier, the great Spanish Jesuit.
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