Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Holy Smoke ! Congratulations Jorge Mario Bergoglio - Pope Francis

Bergoglio  was elected pope on 13 March 2013, the second day of the 2013 Papal conclave, taking the papal name Francis.
Bergoglio is the first Jesuit priest chosen to be pope. He is also the first pope from theAmericas, the New World, and the Southern Hemisphere. He is the first non-Europeanpope in over 1,200 years. The last non-European pope, St. Gregory III, was born in Syria and reigned from 731 to 741.

Pope Francis (LatinFranciscus; born Jorge Mario Bergoglio; 17 December 1936) is the266th and current Pope of the Catholic Church, elected on 13 March 2013. In that role, he is both the leader of the Catholic Church and Sovereign of the Vatican City State. From 1998 until his election as pope, he served as the Archbishop of Buenos Aires, and was created Cardinal in 2001 by Pope John Paul II. Francis speaks SpanishItalian and German fluently
As cardinal, Bergoglio became known for personal humility, doctrinal conservatism and a commitment to social justice. A simple lifestyle contributed to his reputation for humility. He lived in a small apartment, rather than in the palatial bishop's residence. He gave up his chauffeured limousine in favor of public transportation,  and he reportedly cooked his own meals.