Habemus Papam! We have a Pope and his name is Francis I. Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was considered one of the front runners amidt the esteemed college of cardinals. In 2005, it was reported that he came in second in the voting when Cardinal Ratzinger was chosen. But today, he has been selected as the new Roman Pontiff of the Catholic Church. His election marks some firsts: He is the first Jesuit to be elected Pope. No other Pope has taken Francis as his new name. He is also the first Latin American Pope in history.
His smile was infectiious this evening as he stood on the loggia of St. Peter's Bascilica and his demeanor was clearly that of a humble servant of our Lord. His name honors one of the greatest saints of the Church, St. Francis of Assisi, a man who had no fear in following the Lord and did so with humily and in poverty.
Please pray for Pope Francis as he has asked us to do. Let us rejoice in this new chapter in the Catholic Church. It is a time of a new Shepherd who will guide us in the ancient faith. Viva Papa Francesco! All praise be to God in this amazing day for the Church and the world.
Fr. William Holtzinger