Pope Francis humble son of Argentine workman

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Argentina’s Jorge Bergoglio, elected Pope Francis I waves from the window of St Peter’s Basilica’s balcony after being elected the 266th pope of the Roman Catholic Church on March 13, 2013 at the Vatican. AFP/VINCENZO PINTO

BUENOS AIRES—Argentina’s Jorge Bergoglio, elected Wednesday to lead the world’s Roman Catholics, is a humble rail worker’s son who became a Jesuit priest and who is seen as true to his working-class roots.

At 76, Bergoglio—the first pope from Latin America—still enjoys a reputation as an ascetic despite his archbishop’s robes. He rides clattering city buses, makes his own meals and is famously accessible.

He lives in a small apartment rather than the archbishop’s palace that ciomes with his old job.

Bergoglio’s choice of the papal name Francis, also a first, was seen as a non-traditional choice as it honors a saint known for stressing humility.

The name is in line with his reputation, and he is seen in Argentina as ideologically mainstream, while his Society of Jesus is regarded as being among the most progressive Church institutions, especially in education.

Sergio Rubin, the religion writer for the Buenos Aires newspaper Clarin, said that, like Pope John Paul II, Bergoglio is “conservative at the level of doctrine, and progressive on social issues.”

For example, the Argentine has hit out sharply at the International Monetary Fund and at modern market capitalism.

Even so, Rubin acknowledged that Bergoglio’s rejection of liberation theology remains controversial among left-leaning Argentines.

Those who know him describe the Archbishop of Buenos Aires and primate of Argentina as a shy, softly-spoken man who shuns high society.

He was born December 17, 1936, to a rail worker who emigrated from northern Italy and a housewife.

The new pontiff went to a state-run school and studied to become a chemical technician.

When he graduated at 22, he joined the Jesuits and took a degree in philosophy. He followed this with theology studies and was ordained in 1969. He studied in Chile, and years later studied in Germany.

Many analysts said being from Latin America, having Italian family roots and having studied in Germany may have played in Bergoglio’s favor in the conservative conclave—which many had thought would choose another European.

He was only 36 when he was named to lead Argentina’s Jesuits, a job he held for six difficult years under the country’s military dictatorship.

Bergoglio battled to prevent Jesuits from joining the liberation theology movement, which drew many of the continent’s Catholic priests into political activities challenging right-wing governments.

His spokesman Guillermo Marco recalled that he issued a simple order: “Maintain the non-politicization of the Society of Jesus.”

Bergoglio’s position was in line with that of John Paul II, who after becoming pope in 1978 directed a campaign to repress liberation theology.

In the 1980s Bergoglio studied for a doctorate in Freiburg, Germany, after which he returned to become a parish priest in Cordoba.

His ascent in the Catholic hierarchy began when in May 1992 Pope John Paul II named him assistant bishop of Buenos Aires. By 1998 he was archbishop of Buenos Aires and, three years later, a cardinal.

His reputation grew among bishops after he stepped in to produce the final report of the Church’s October 2001 Synod when New York Archbishop Edward Egan was prevented from the task by the September 11 terrorist attacks.

A great student of writers Jorge Luis Borges and Fyodor Dostoyevsky, he rises at 4:30 am and is known to have little social life. Unlike most Argentines, who often dine at 11:00 pm, he goes to bed at 9:00 pm.

But Bergoglio does like tango and soccer.

Some media reports published in 2005 after the papal conclave that elected Joseph Ratzinger as Benedict XVI, said Bergoglio had come in a close second behind the German.

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  • brunogiordano

    “He is known for his simplicity. He chose to live in an apartment rather that the archbishop’s palace, passed on a chauffeured limousine, took the bus to work and cooked his own meals, Allen wrote.”

    Ito ang dapat tularan ng mga OBISPO ng CBCP.

    Ang mga OBISPO dito hindi makalibot ng hindi nakasakay sa SUV. Mga ARROGANTE!!!!!!

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/BCQIC64N7IZSAMG35SC27GLN5U charlie

      Pareho lang ang mga iyan – mahilig sa bata.  Hindi yan tatagal at magreresign din kasi lalabas din ang baho nyan kagaya ni Papita Benedicta, mayroon sex tape kasama ang kanyang butler.

      • boypalaban

        napanood mo?
        meron na ba niyan sa quiapo?

        o baka bitter ka lang kasi di ka binayaran nung tinusok wepaks mo…

    • 12JEM

       Hindi lang mga obispo.  Pati mga parish priests mga naka-SUV.  Mga naka-sginature shirts at mga relo.  Sapatos ipinapakita pang mga imported from Italy.

  • isalcordo

    In (Mt 23:8-11) NIV, Jesus said:”But you are not to be called ‘Rabbi,’ for you have only one Master and you are all brothers. 9 And do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and he is in heaven. 10 Nor are you to be called ‘teacher,’ for you have one Teacher, the Christ.” My Commentary: Jesus’ command implied a warning against potential abuse of children by religious teachers calling themselves ‘father’ through deceitful use of parental sentiments, prerogatives, and authority. The same may be said also of such other titles of authority such as “rabbi” and “teacher or master” to prevent potential abuse of their students and disciples.
    I hope the new Pope and the whole Catholic Church heirarchy will have the wisdom and humility to take the words of her LORD seriously.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/3EBCHSA457FH74NKKFTOHD5ZMA Kaibuturan

      I see what you did here. You don’t seem to have that great knowledge of the bible you tend to selectively raise a specific verse. You don’t even know the Catholic doctrines so stop being too show-off with your ignorance. But I like how you hope to have a better Christian church. :)

      • shots_fired

        Ok let me ask you what is your doctrine that is the same as the doctrine followed by apostle Peter?  That catholics say the founder of the catholic church?

  • ApoLapullapu

    Kaya pala ang Cardinal Tagle natin ay hindi ang siyang napili.  Ang Cardinal na may simpleng buhay ang kailangan sa Santa Iglesia Catolica Romana ngayon.  Dito sa atin kahit Cura Paroko pa lang hindi na sumasakay ng public utility vehicle.

    • batangsulpok

      Tama ka kabayan dahil ang mga cardinal sa Pilipinas ay sangkatutak pa ang mga katulong bukod pa kay Rosario na nagtitimpla ng kape sa umaga.

      • ApoLapullapu

        Pare, ano gusto mo?  Kape or Rosario?

      • batangsulpok

        Siyempre Rosario muna bago kafe.

  • Lapu_lapu

    Could be the last Pope before the Tribulation Period. He could be Peter the Roman according to the Prophecy of Popes by St Malachy. Bergoglio is an Italian surname even if he is from Argentina. His ascendants could have come from Cuneo, a province of Northern Italy. So as Italian in heritage…he is a Roman…Peter the Roman.

    • padrefaura

      Asan yung peter?

      • Lapu_lapu

        Peter could be used figuratively in the prophecy as the “Last Pope” in the same breath that Peter was the “First Pope” as claimed by the RCC.

  • Lapu_lapu

    So the news says his parents were immigrants from Italy. There are no coincidences when it comes to prophecies.

  • Craulokau

    Well anyway, Roman Catholic Church is 99 percent paganism and only 1 percent Christianity, look at who they pray to and worship, they are all images and replicas of dead people making them gods , the practice of which is totally an abomination to the living God.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MYSV36GGQ44VTCTNICYWDKSE5Q Dipaloloko

      homo sapiens use symbols, diagrams, characters, sounds, inanimate things, etc to represent their feelings. the evolution of language is an example. that’s how they communicate with one another. given that logic, you consider people creating images to represent someone they adore as pagans?

    • Billy Reyes

      No religion is real really, but just consider the beauty of History on it, just go to Vatican City & you will see the architecture, arts etc., it is absolutely amazing. Its the smallest city in the world by itself.

    • humberto45

      You don’t know what you are talking about … really, we Catholic pity people SUCH as you! Just respect the religion of others … don’t judge, lest you be judge!!!

    • boypalaban

      i want to worship you gigikau…you are the wisest person on earth….
      i want to meet you…bow…and receive your blessing…
      i want to pay my tithe….for you …for your family…for your desires, my dear Gigikau…

      Hail Gigikau…the Wise, the Learned, the Genius…the Wealthiest Alive Alive Jesus is Alive…

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WYAZBOJYIUCRLWTYJBORBVTTOI boyfarmer

       Hay naku, kayo talaga na mga Iglesia ni (Manalo) Cristo, hindi na kayo matigil sa kaka-akusa sa Catholic na pagano. . . Kayo nga dyan ang inyong belief ay offshoot ng Arianism, which denies the Divinity of Jesus Christ, tao lang si Kristo sa inyong paniniwala pero si Manalo ay ginawa nyo nang anghel, , those images in the Catholic church are not worshiped nor idolized as idolatry is forbidden. They are just venerated or given respect as they symbolize martyrs of the church who suffered and shed blood for the church during persecution or has done so much to preach the good news or has served the needy  like Mother Teresa of Calcutta, India. . . The Catholic church has been around for more that 2,000 years, ang religion nyo kelan lang na-imbento?

  • amado angara

    its very hard to argue about the beliefs of every religion, just respect each other views in regards with religions. cool

  • Chris P Pnono

    pope jorge Bergoglio(Franziskus I) ay sa Freiburg Germany….nag aral. willkommen Pope Francis I

  • Jaz Mina

    A pope can come from a socially progressive country like Argentina which has legislation for free contraception for the poor, divorce and legalised gay marriage. Humility, charity and genuine love for the poor and marginalised, these I think will make a good pope, not power and political interference as is the case in the Philippines.

    • Billy Reyes

      I agree, its better off that the pope is not from Philippines. Only in the Philippines that the Catholic is against the contraception, in all catholic nation they all supported responsible family planning method. Not only that the Catholic Church in other countries does not interfere with Government affairs like Politics & making laws.

  • jojo webmail

    cardinal tagle demands a recount!

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/JZJHJGRN6KLEVBR3XN7WHOVQAY neil

      Hehe. like it

    • boypalaban

       narinig mong sinabi niya? saan kayo nag-usap?

    • nakatutok

      hindi kasi gumamit ng HOCUS PCOS machine e…..isa pa, kasalanan ni GMA yan bakit siya natalo…

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/SPLUBLEOSERDBOIJTDOC6XIWGU mxsclxmxn

      Demon!

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/3EBCHSA457FH74NKKFTOHD5ZMA Kaibuturan

      troll at the works. but for the laugh, a plus for you. :)

  • George Morales

    He is still Italian or European.  100 per cent blood from both Italian parents.  The last non european Pope was in 731 AD . . . Pope Gregory III from Syria.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/Q3K4D7DHINOHU7E2JBPXY3JLZQ Josh

    Pope Francis 1 was choosen by God. If you have God, lets believe and support Pope Francis. Peace on Earth brothers.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/3EBCHSA457FH74NKKFTOHD5ZMA Kaibuturan

      Peace be with you also :)

  • Lapu Lapu

    His spokesman Guillermo Marco recalled that he issued a simple order: “Maintain the non-politicization of the Society of Jesus.”

    This could be a message or warning to our priests who meddle in politics for their gain.
    Kindly send him the names of all priests who put up patay/buhay tarps in front of churches.

  • AllinLawisFair

    “He rides clattering city buses … and lives in a small apartment.”

    A far cry from many Filipino bishops who lives in palaces, villas and luxury abodes and are chaffeured in luxury SUVs which are donated as gifts by an immoral leader whose activities they tolerated in exchange for these vehicles.

  • shots_fired

    Wow ang Bait tingnan, pero look at the eyes, naghahanap yan ng batang ma hihipo sa crowd . .

  • Crysis_III

    “Maintain the non-politicization of the Society of Jesus.”

    Bakit sa atin may pa endorse pa yung mga obispo? lol

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