Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergolio has become the first man in the modern era from outside Europe to lead the Roman Catholic Church, according to NBC News Erin McClam. He is also the first pope to come from the Jesuit tradition founded in the 16th century by St. Ignatius Loyola. Pope Francis is 76-year-old and has spent practically his entire career in Argentina where he calls home, overseeing churches during his time there.
He has chosen to be known as Pope Francis. St. Francis of Assisi is known as trying to rebuild the church in a time of turmoil and gave up much riches for a life of poverty and prayer. From the sounds of it, this new pope’s approach is exactly what the Catholic Church needs: A leader who will stand and call what’s wrong WRONG! and what’s right RIGHT!
“A man who calmly stands for what’s right and just,” Cardinal Edward Egan, the archbishop emeritus of New York, told NBC News. “A man of great compassion for the poor. That is what they point to first and foremost.”
Reading through his background, the new pope has a conservative reputation on social issues such as: abortion and gay marriage. In fact, in 2010 he was enraged at Argentina’s president when he said that gay adoption was a form of discrimination against children. As Argentina became the first Latin America country to legalize gay marriage, Bergoglio called the bill “a plan to destroy God’s plan.” He also stated, “It is a move by the father of lies to confuse and deceive the children of God.”
The news on Pope Francis seems to be a positive one amongst our brothers and sisters in the Catholic faith. We pray that God continues to mold Pope Francis’ heart. We also pray that God pour out more wisdom upon him as he takes this new journey. He seems to have lived a humble life as a Cardinal in his home country and his zeal for the things of God our quite an exemplary virtue most of us lack. May the Lord Jesus Christ continue to abundantly bless this man all the days of his life.