Pope Francis is known for simplicity and humility


Argentina’s Jorge Bergoglio, elected Pope Francis I (center) appears at 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

VATICAN CITY—In unadorned white robes, the first pope from the Americas sets a tone of simplicity and pastoral humility in a church desperate to move past the tarnished era of abuse scandals and internal Vatican upheavals.

The choice of Argentine Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio—who took the name Francis—reflected a series of history-making decisions by fellow cardinals who seemed determined to offer a message of renewal to a church under pressures on many fronts.

The 76-year-old archbishop of Buenos Aries—the first from Latin America and the first from the Jesuit order—bowed to the crowds in St. Peter’s Square and asked for their blessing in a hint of the austere style he cultivated while modernizing the Argentina’s conservative Catholic church.

In taking the name Francis, he drew connections to the 13th century St. Francis of Assisi, who saw his calling as trying to rebuild the Church in a time of turmoil. It also evokes images of Francis Xavier, one of the 16th-century founders of the Jesuit order that is known for its scholarship and outreach.

Francis, the son of middle-class Italian immigrants, is known as a humble man who denied himself the luxuries that previous Buenos Aires cardinals enjoyed. He came close to becoming pope last time, reportedly gaining the second-highest vote total in several rounds of voting before he bowed out of the running in the conclave that elected Pope Benedict XVI.

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  • Horst Manure

    Ok children time to hide again a new paedophile is out to do nothing to change the previous system and to continue to cover up and hide his flock of child rapists. 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_L7PILUDK6IPFGJLJNCM2IROCRY Albin

      We pray for people like you – full of hatred.

    • Bamm Gabriana

      Do you have any evidence of pedophilia against Jorge Bergoglio? If yes, then you have an obligation to expose it, or else you will be an accomplice in hiding the truth. Either that or you have no evidence at all.

  • Brownfly

    What the new Pope Francis I is doing in Agentina should be emulated by the CBCP in the Philippines. Instead of attacking the RH bill, they reach out to the poor and help them. The CBCP should be ashamed of itself that until now its members are not able to distinguish between the separation of the Church and the State. They should attend to the spiritual needs of their flock, not on government affairs.

    • topolcats

      You’re obviously not Argentinian and have no Knowledge what so ever about Pope Francis history and you assume stupidly he is popular in Argentina? 

      Argentina has a declining church attendance rate of 25% mostly old people compared to the Philippines at 68%…not surprising that the poorest country’s headed by Nigeria have large attendance rates…if all you have is poverty then all you need is prayer?.. LMAO.  
      Please do not compare Argentina a country where free university education,healthcare and social services etc, then compare it to an abjectly poor uneducated starving nation like the Philippines. Its incomparable. Yes many Country’s have large congregations in South America Mexico, Peru but they are mostly very poor uneducated country’s with large populations…..Argentina,Uruguay are not in the same category!  

      I was a young student (not Argentinian) in Argentina during the dirty wars, I saw for myself what kind of barbarity was perpetrated on suspected leftists and enemies of the state directed by the US and carried out by the armed forces/police of Argentina under orders from the Junta.In my view and others this New Pope Francis is a “Fascist Collaborator” who stood side by side General Videla while he knowingly knew and condoned murder and the kidnapping of children of the murdered companero’s, his indictment rests on his silence and that of the Church. He refused to be a part of an open court held in Buenos Aires and to answer questions about the involvement and stance of the Church during the times of the Junta dictatorship….. The Fifth Amendment Vatican Style!

      The Last Pope was an anti aircraft gunner for the Nazi’s in WW2,… what a pair of heroes side by side these two make in history. LOL!

      Read below;from SabinabeckerCom
      What one did not hear from any senior member of the Argentine hierarchy was any expression of regret for the church’s collaboration and in these crimes. The extent of the church’s complicity in the dark deeds was excellently set out by Horacio Verbitsky, one of Argentina’s most notable journalists, in his book El Silencio (Silence). He recounts how the Argentine navy with the connivance of Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, now the Jesuit archbishop of Buenos Aires, hid from a visiting delegation of the Inter-American Human Rights Commission the dictatorship’s political prisoners. Bergoglio was hiding them in nothing less than his holiday home in an island called El Silencio in the River Plate. The most shaming thing for the church is that in such circumstances Bergoglio’s name was allowed to go forward in the ballot to chose the successor of John Paul II.

      This Pope is now called a compromise pope? I agree he is a compromise pope. Because ” (as advertised by the SMH and the AFP)” he is the only pope 1200 years not to come out of Europe? But apart from an Argentinian passport he might as well be European! He is white man from an Italian background, whose mother language is Spanish and Italian, both European languages coming from Europe. Argentinian culture which is a cross breed of European cultures predominantly Spanish and Italian with an important addition of the real home grown culture of Argentina……..I call the federal republic of Tango……..or in normal terms Tango Culture! Needless to say, I would be surprised if the Pope dances Tango or understands Tango culture?…but miracles can happen they say? 
      Mario Bergoglio AKA Pope Francis is a Facsimile European through and through and that to me seem patently obvious !

    • sanjuan683

      Sumulat ka na lang kay pope isumbong ang mga Damaso dito sa Pinas. Kahit ano batikos mo sa mga Damaso hindi nila pinapansin kasi makakapal ang mga mukha nila. Kun ano kapal ng dakong ng sapatos nila doble niyon ang kapal ng mga mukha nila. May mga gimmick pa sila kung magsalita akala mo tunay na mababait pero kunwari lang bolero din sila.

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