Noon Pacific time update, Wednesday March 13th 2013
Announcement from the balcony: 8:12 pm March 13th 2013:
Habemus Papum: “We Have A New Pope.”
It’s Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio from Argentina, now also known as Pope Francis.
Pope Francis is 76 years old. He spent his entire career in South America. He is the first Pope to hail from South America. He is also the first Jesuit Pope. He is the first Pope born in the Americas.
Cited: “Francis becomes the 266th pontiff in the Church’s 2,000-year history at a time of great crisis and difficulty. Although a conservative he is seen as a reformer and was not among the small group of frontrunners identified before the election.”
The new Pope Francis inherits a church troubled on multiple fronts by a burgeoning and unwieldy, almost dysfunctional governing hierarchy in which the left hand often does not know what…
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