Who is Pope Francis I?.March 13, 2013. (Romereports.com) Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio becomes the first Latin American Pope. He was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on December 17, 1936. Before entering the seminary, he studied chemistry and graduated as a chemical engineer.
The new Pope is a Jeusit. He has taught literature and psychology in Buenos Aires. He was ordained a priest on December 13, 1969, at the age of 33.
In 1992, John Paul II appointed him titular bishop of Auca. Then in 1997, he was appointed archbishop of Buenos Aires and was made a cardinal in 2001. He is a member of the Pontifical Council for the Family and also of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America.
He has written several books including “Meditations for religious” and “Reflections of Hope.”
Although he was not among ‘papabili’ at the start of this first conclave, back in 2005 he was among the main candidates. Nearly 8 years later, he emerged as Pope.
Published on Feb 5, 2013
“Dear children; Love is bringing me to you — the love which I desire to teach you also — real love; the love which my Son showed you when He died on the Cross out of love for you; the love which is always ready to forgive and to ask for forgiveness. How great is your love? My Motherly heart is sorrowful as it searches for love in your hearts. You are not ready to submit your will to God’s will out of love. You cannot help me to have those who have not come to know God’s love to come to know it, because you do not have real love. Consecrate your hearts to me and I will lead you. I will teach you to forgive, to love your enemies and to live according to my Son. Do not be afraid for yourselves. In afflictions my Son does not forget those who love. I will be beside you. I will implore the Heavenly Father for the light of eternal truth and love to illuminate you. Pray for your shepherds so that through your fasting and prayer they can lead you in love. Thank you.”
Havemus Papam! The crowds are jubilant in St. Peter’s Square awaiting our new Holy Father’s appearance at the Vatican balcony. I’m waiting for his first Urbi et Orbi blessing. Waiting, waiting, waiting. Who?