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Habemus Papam! Pope Francis

March 13, 2013 by  
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Habemus Papam!


Pope Francis
Jorge Mario Bergoglio, SJ

Cardinal Priest, Title of S. Roberto Bellarmino

Appointed by John Paul II on 21 February 2001

Bishop of Buenos Aires (28 February 1998)

Ordinary for Eastern-rite faithful in Argentina who lack an Ordinary of their own rite.

Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, S.J., Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Ordinary for Eastern-rite faithful in Argentina who lack an Ordinary of their own rite, was born on 17 December 1936 in Buenos Aires. He was ordained for the Jesuits on 13 December 1969 during his theological studies at the Theological Faculty of San Miguel.

He was novice master in San Miguel, where he also taught theology. He was Provincial for Argentina (1973-1979) and rector of the Philosophical and Theological Faculty of San Miguel (1980-1986). After completing his doctoral dissertation in Germany, he served as a confessor and spiritual director in Córdoba.

On 20 May 1992 he was appointed titular Bishop of Auca and Auxiliary of Buenos Aires, receiving episcopal consecration on 27 June. On 3 June 1997 was appointed Coadjutor Archbishop of Buenos Aires and succeeded Cardinal Antonio Quarracino on 28 February 1998. He is also Ordinary for Eastern-rite faithful in Argentina who lack an Ordinary of their own rite.

Adjunct Relator General of the 10th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, October 2001.

He served as President of the Bishops' Conference of Argentina from 8 November 2005 until 8 November 2011.

Created and proclaimed Cardinal by the [St.] John Paul II in the consistory of 21 February 2001, of the Title of S. Roberto Bellarmino (St. Robert Bellarmine).

Member of:

Congregations: for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments; for the Clergy; for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life;

Pontifical Council for the Family;

Pontifical Commission for Latin America.

On 13 March 2013 Jorge Mario Bergoglio, SJ was elected Supreme Pontiff on the fifth ballot.


Art: Detail from Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, presidente de la nación Argentina, con el Papa Francisco, 18 March 2013,, CC, Wikimedia Commons.

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Dan is the President of the Avila Foundation, the parent organization of, the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation, Divine Intimacy Radio and Divine Intimacy Radio - Resources Edition, Into the Deep Parish Programs, the Apostoli Viae (Apostles of the Way) Community, and the FireLight Student Leadership Formation Program, author of the award-winning book, Navigating the Interior Life - Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God, Finding God Through Meditation-St. Peter of Alcantara, 30 Days with Teresa of Avila, Into the Deep, Living the Mystery of Merciful Love: 30 Days with Thérèse of Lisieux, and his newest book The Contemplative Rosary with St. John Paul II and St. Teresa of Avila. Beyond his "contagious" love for Jesus and His Church, he is a grateful husband and father of four, the Executive Director of and writer for EWTN's National Catholic Register, a regular co-host on Register Radio, a writer and speaker who provides online spiritual formation and travels to share his conversion story and the great riches that the Church provides us through authentic Catholic spirituality. Dan has been featured on EWTN's Journey Home program and numerous radio programs.

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  • LizEst

    A previous spiritual director! God bless him!

  • Becky Ward

    Thanks be to God! I missed it on TV…..what were his first words?

    • Vicki

      I know nothing about him; but he appeared very humble, asked for a moment of silence so that we could all pray for him; in addition to his blessing, his prayers were very simple and beautiful – Our Father, Hail Mary and I think the Glory Be.  Archbishop Gregory noted in his commentary that our new pope is a very holy and saintly man, who takes a bus and lives in a small apartment – apparently he has a great love for the poor, and lives a very simple life.  

      • You are correct Vicki – he moved out of a very nice residence into something much more humble.

      • Becky Ward

        Thank you! I’ve just seen a video……truly an inspiring moment.

  • Marta_Goodwin

    13-March-2013 — EWTNews Feature
    Pope Francis: cardinals went to end of world to find me
    Pope Francis began his first words to the Church by saying that the cardinals “went to the end of the world” to find the new Bishop of Rome.
    “Brothers and Sisters, good evening. You know that the charge of the conclave was to give a bishop of Rome.
    “It would seem that my brothers went to the end of the world to choose him,” he said March 13 from the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica.
    The Pope then called on the crowd of tens of thousands to pray for “our Bishop Emeritus Benedict.”
    “This way of the Church that we commence on,” he said, is one of “an evangelization in this beautiful city.”
    Before he closed his remarks, Pope Francis asked the crowd for the favor of praying for him in silence before he gave his blessing.
    He then bowed at the waist as silence settled over St. Peter’s Square.
    The Pope blessed the throng of people, saying, “I give my blessing to you and all people of good will in the world.”
    “I’m going to say goodbye now, thank you so much for your welcome.
    I say good night “because tomorrow I want to go and pray to Mary for her protection.”
    A marching band playing and the bells of St. Peter’s ringing in the night followed Pope Francis’ first words.

  • Jesuit Pope! 😀 My Mom woke me at 2 am for this, totally worth it! Thank God for Pope Francis! Btw is his Francis Assisi or Xavier?

    • Vicki


  • Amen we have our Holy Father.

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