Saturday, March 16, 2013

Habemus Papam! Cardinal Bergolio Elected Pope Francis

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Habemus Papam! Cardinal Bergolio Elected Pope Francis

2013-03-13 Vatican Radio
(Vatican Radio) Citing the Latin formula, Habemus Papam, the Proto Deacon, French Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran appeared on the central balcony of Saint Peter’s Basilica Wednesday evening to announce the election of the 265th Successor of Saint Peter:
Argentinian Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, S.J., the first Jesuit pope in history, was elected to the papacy, taking the name of Pope Francis.

Cardinal Tauran appeared on the balcony of St. Peter’s basilica at 8:12 p.m. to the cheers of tens of thousands of people gathered under umbrellas in the square. Billowing white smoke appeared from the chimney over the Sistine chapel at 7:06 p.m signalling that the new Pope had been elected in the fifth ballot of the two day conclave.



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Pope Francis: A humanitarian perspective

2013-03-15 Vatican Radio (Vatican Radio) Reaction to the election of Pope Francis is still continuing around the world two days after his appearance on the balcony of St Peter’s Basilica. One organisation which has warmly welcomed the new Holy Father is CAFOD, the official aid agency for England and Wales.

It said that, "This choice of Pope puts service to the poor and tackling injustice at the forefront of the Church's mission in the world.

Speaking to Lydia O’Kane about the new Pope, Tom O’Connor, CAFOD’s Director of Communities said, “There’s a real tangible sense of enthusiasm… I think certainly our Catholic community in England and Wales is really feeling a sense this is a new beginning for us and the Pope’s choice of name as well, obviously leads us to think this is going to be something very very positive in the way he’s going to conduct his Papacy.”

He goes on to say that for CAFOD it is wonderful to hear that Pope Francis has such a concern for the poor. “ To hear that concern across the church for those who are poor is really inspiring to us because we believe that is really at the heart of our faith.”

Listen to Lydia O’Kane’s interview with Tom O’Connor





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The Story of Saint Francis....

2013-03-15 Vatican Radio
(Vatican Radio) The 265th Successor of Peter has taken the name Francis. He hasn't yet told us why but one presumes it's after Saint Francis who was born in Assisi, an Umbrian hilltop town in 1181.

Saint Francis is "the one saint whom all generations have succeeded in canonising" and is probably the best known saint in the whole calendar.

The 19th century French Protestant writer Ernest Renan , declared that " after Jesus, he was the only perfect Christian . Blessed " Pope Pius IX , in an encyclical celebrating the 7th centenary of the death of Saint Francis said the same.

"Whether or not Francis was the one and only perfect Christian " comments biographer Abbé Englebert, "he was certainly the only Christian to take Christ quite literally at his word. Noone else has ever dared to do so ."
Perhaps Thomas Merton comes closest to the truth when he says: " merely to know Saint Francis is to understand the Gospel in all its fullnes."

What we know is that Francis was praying one day in the little ruined chapel of San Damiano. Suddenly the figure of Christ on the Crucifix called out to him..."Francis, go and repair my house, which as you see is falling into ruin.".....






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