Pope Francis, The New Pope in 2013

Much news arose to surface about the surprising Pope Benedictus resignation in February 2013. Age and health issue stand as his main reasons to resign, although some ‘experts’ in media called for some over the shadow reasons like alleged crime in the church system. THat was also the first event where the Pope resigned from his duty after several hundreds years the record stated.

Regardless of that, the scheduling process to select the next person to hold the holy stick and ring as Vatican’s leader ran very smoothly. Contrary to the prediction that it will take exhausting several days, that ‘most awaited in history’ white smoke squeeze out from the chapel in just the span of two days.

The New Pope that will lead 1,5 billion Catholic followers is Pope Francis, an Argentinian with Italian descendant, the first Pope from Latin America

Pope Francis (This file is taken from the Presidency of the Nation of Argentina web site,   presidencia.gov.ar)

Pope Francis (This file is taken from the Presidency of the Nation of Argentina web site, presidencia.gov.ar)

Here are summarized of some information regarding the new Pope you might like to know :
1. Born Jorge Mario Bergoglio 17 DEcember 1936
2. The first Pope coming from America continent
3. He choose the papal name Pope Francis in respect and honor to the Saint Francis of Asisi. He said “The man who gives us this spirit of peace, the poor man,” and he added “How I would like a poor Church, and for the poor”
4. A very humble and down-to-earth personality, he even elected to stay in the guesthouse and not the special residence for the Popes. In Argentina, he used public transportation and while working he went together with other cardinals in a van rather than using a preserved private car.
5. He is elected as Pope in the age of 76
6. He can speak three languages, they are Spanish, Germain, and Italian. He is also have good knowledge in chemistry
7. He’s the first Jesuit pope
8. He is against same-sex-marriage and not comfortable with those issues about gay
9. He lives with a single lung, the one was taken about 50 years ago when he was a teenager due to infection
10. He told Argentinians not to travel to Rome to celebrate if he was appointed but to give their money to the poor instead.

What a special guy. I believe he will bring another rainbow of the cloud to the Catholic church and especially the peace of the world.

Source : ABCNews, Guardian, Wikipedia


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