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Mar 13, 2013

New Pope elected: Jesuit Archbishop, Jorge Mario Bergoglio now Pope Francis

Pope Francis

History was made today at the Vatican and in Latin America.  The former Archbishop of Buenos Aires,   Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected as the new pope of one point two billion Roman Catholics, including more than forty percent who are from Latin America. The new pope took the name Francis and he is seventy-six years old. The news of his election was celebrated with huge enthusiasm around the world. The new pontiff has been described as a humble man who walked the streets to meet with the people and often took the bus in Argentina. When he made his first appearance at St Peter’s Square, Pope Francis appeared comfortable under the weight of his new office. He prayed for his predecessor Benedict, the sixteenth, and asked for blessings as he begins his historic journey as Pope. We got a reaction this afternoon from a Jesuit priest serving at St Martin De Porres.  Carla Bradley has the story.

 

Carla Bradley, Reporting

The crowd gathered at St Peter’s Square to witness a moment in history. White smoke poured out from the Sistine Chapel’s chimney signaling that a new pope had been elected. Pope Francis appeared on the balcony over St. Peter’s Square to wild cheers from a massive crowd. Pope Francis’ election is historic, among other things he is first Jesuit Pope and that is the source of pride among the Jesuit community. Father Mathew Ruhl of Saint Martin De Porres explains the significance of a non-European pope for the Catholic Church.

 

Matthew Ruhl

Father Matthew Ruhl S.J., Saint Martin De Porres Church

“For the first thing, it’s the first non European Pope in over twelve hundred years; that last non European pope was Sierran elected in 1731. It is very significant in that he comes from outside of Europe. I think that it is also significant that he comes from Central America, which is place where social justice is a very important issue in the church of Central America. So in that respect it is also very significant. It is a very, very significant election in so far as he is the first Jesuit and probably will be the only Jesuit elected pope.”

 

Pope Francis has made many firsts in only hours of being Pope as he was also the first to choose the name Saint Francis after Saint Francis of Assisi. Father Matthew explained the significance of the name as well as the ties it has to Saint Martin De Porres.

 

Father Matthew Ruhl S.J.

“Saint Francis is universally loved as being one of the most humble saints forever. But I think also while the new pope will be very humble I think he is probably also very aware of St Francis’s writing and St Francis’s peace prayer and I’m sure he is going to embody a great deal of the attributes that made St Francis such a great saint.  When we pray the name Francis one during the mass, I will let the congregation know that Francis loved poverty, that Francis embraced poverty and humility and simplicity and in that respect he is very much like Saint Martin De Porres himself because they were very similar in their spirituality.”

 

In the face of the negative events that the church is currently facing, Father Mathew believes Pope Francis was strategically elected by the Cardinals.

 

Father Matthew Ruhl S.J.

“He was prior to being named pope, he was a prudential in the Society of Jesus and he had many posts in the Vatican, so the Cardinals went into this conclave knowing that they needed somebody who had to clean up a lot of mess and I am absolutely certain they elected a man whom they feel is the right person to begin to clean up all of these messes.”

 

There are over fourteen Jesuit Priests in Belize and it is the largest religious order group in the country. Carla Bradley for News Five.

 

And this Thursday morning on Open Your Eyes, we will be talking to Bishop Christopher Glancey on the selection of the first Jesuit Bishop immediately following the live coverage of Fun Run with Stella Maris.

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3 Responses for “New Pope elected: Jesuit Archbishop, Jorge Mario Bergoglio now Pope Francis”

  1. Storm says:

    I’m not Catholic, but this Pope seems to have a very unusual and impressive record of wisdom and humility, both great qualities for a religious leader. I’m hopeful he can get a huge church back onto a better course than it has been in recent years.

  2. Steel says:

    and revelation’s beast has revealed himself

  3. Seletar says:

    It is being reported that this new Pope flew economy class from Argentina to Rome, took the bus AFTR being elected Pope, and handled has own luggage.

    What kind of crackpot is that, he’s going to start to get the average people thinking that selected leaders aren’t gods entitled to lives of luxury! That’s unBelizean! It’s a dangerous precedent!

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