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Habemus Papam! (“We Have a Pope!”)

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The New Pope - Pope Francis

The New Pope – Pope Francis


Brothers and sisters, good evening!

You know that it was the duty of the Conclave to give Rome a Bishop. It seems that my brother Cardinals have gone to the ends of the earth to get one… but here we are… I thank you for your welcome. The diocesan community of Rome now has its Bishop. Thank you! And first of all, I would like to offer a prayer for our Bishop Emeritus, Benedict XVI. Let us pray together for him, that the Lord may bless him and that Our Lady may keep him.

(Our Father… Hail Mary… Glory Be… )

And now, we take up this journey: Bishop and People. This journey of the Church of Rome which presides in charity over all the Churches. A journey of fraternity, of love, of trust among us. Let us always pray for one another. Let us pray for the whole world, that there may be a great spirit of fraternity. It is my hope for you that this journey of the Church, which we start today, and in which my Cardinal Vicar, here present, will assist me, will be fruitful for the evangelization of this most beautiful city.

And now I would like to give the blessing, but first — first I ask a favor of you: before the Bishop blesses his people, I ask you to pray to the Lord that he will bless me: the prayer of the people asking the blessing for their Bishop. Let us make, in silence, this prayer: your prayer over me.


Now I will give the Blessing to you and to the whole world, to all men and women of good will. (Blessing)

Brothers and sisters, I leave you now. Thank you for your welcome. Pray for me and until we meet again. We will see each other soon. Tomorrow I wish to go and pray to Our Lady, that she may watch over all of Rome. Good night and sleep well!

~ Pope Francis


Written by MattAndJojang

March 14, 2013 at 8:32 am

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  1. Even as a non-Catholic, I can’t help but be pleased with this selection, and hopeful. He seems like a good man – and so many firsts! I love that he chose Francis – a dual meaning there, perhaps. A nod to Assisi, yes, but also a reminder of mission – Francis Xavier.


    March 14, 2013 at 12:06 pm

  2. I am excited and happy with the election of Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, now Pope Francis. From what I’ve heard and seen, so far, he seems to be a remarkable man. I was especially moved and inspired by his humility when he broke with tradition by asking the 150,000 people gathered at St. Peter’s Square to pray for him and bless him. (He was the first pope to do this.)

    His simplicity is impressive. As the archbishop of Buenos Aires, he refused to live in the archbishop’s palace, but instead opted to live in a small apartment. He also refused to be driven in a chauffeured limousine. When he goes to work, he takes the bus. Furthermore, he cooks his own meals!

    A man of compassion, he is known for his concern and care for those who are marginalized – the poor, the sick (especially those who have the HIV virus), and the single parents. It is reported that he scolded priests for not baptizing children born out of wedlock.

    In addition to his deep spirituality and great humanity, he is a person with great intellectual powers. In one article I’ve read about him, he is described as the “austere Jesuit intellectual who modernized Argentina’s conservative Catholic Church.”

    With these qualities, my hope is that he will be able to meet head-on the challenges that are besetting the Catholic Church today, especially the sex abuse scandals and the corruption in the Vatican bureaucracy.

    ~ Matt


    March 14, 2013 at 3:17 pm

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