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Meet Pope Francis, the church’s first Latin American leader

Pope Francis is the first Jesuit Pope and first pope from the Latin America.  But who is Jorge Bergoglio and what will his papacy mean for Catholics around the world?

Jorge Bergoglio was born in Argentina to an Italian immigrant who worked on the railroads. The former Archbishop of Buenos Aires spent most of his career in Argentina.  He is known for helping modernize an otherwise very old-fashioned Catholic Church in the country.   But Fordham University Professor of Theology Maureen Tilley says his views are far from liberal.

However like Saint Francis of Assisi, Pope Francis takes a vow of poverty very seriously.  He is known to make frequent visits to impoverished areas around Argentina’s capital, and has rejected certain frills usually afforded the archbishop.

Even though the votes are supposed to remain secret, there are reports that Bergoglio was actually runner-up to Pope Benedict the sixteenth when he was elected back in 2005.

But at 76-years-old Bergoglio’s election comes as somewhat of a surprise.  But Tilley says the fact that Bergoglio follows popes from Germany and Poland sends a clear message across the globe

Bergolio is no stranger to overcoming difficult odds.  As a young boy he suffered from a severe respiratory illness that left him with only one lung.  So seemingly he should be prepared for the challenges that await him as pope.

2 comments

  • Catherine A. Mostajo

    For our new Pope Francis who lost one lung is something not to be in concern as the Almighty Power provides if we all seek HIS kingdom first that we should all the time be reminded amidst our busy schedule or routine, etc.. to constantly pray and do good with one another since doing good can be a prayer in itself when offered all what we do, think and have to our heavenly Almighty Power-GOD!.,.With HIM nothing is impossible but we have to give our UTMOST to surrender ourselves to GOD as HE is all GOOD! Amen. Let us pray for one another and do good to one another which should be our foremost concern to be side by side with our new Pope Francis with obedience( the faithful -us) have to start with ….amidst all difficulties and complex times that he is face with in order to alleviate the weight that our new Pope Francis will continue to carry on. Let us all be obedient as there's not other way! By: Catherine A. Mostajo_

  • Catherine A. Mostajo

    Whatever our New Pope Francis will miss or will have an ailment due to his age -God will direct the right people to aide him side by side.

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