Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Habemus Papam! Papa Francis!

In two short days the Cardinals have elected from amoung their brothers the next Bishop of Rome, Vicar of Jesus Christ, Successor of the Prince of the Apostles, Supreme Pontiff of the Universal Church, Primate of Italy, Archbishop and Metropolitan of the Roman Province, Sovereign of the State of Vatican City, Servant of the Servants of God, His Holiness, Pope Francis.

By now, we should all know alot about that man that the Cardinals, by the wisdom of the Holy Spirit, elected Supreme Pontiff today.  I would like to say a couple of things that impress me about him already. Noted, before today, I did not even know of his existence. So here we go.

1. Jesuit. How refreshing to have a pontiff that is a member of a religous order, it's been quite some time since we have had such a pope. It's also nice that his order is that of St. Ignatius of Loyola, a deeply spiritual man, and a very spiritual rule of Order. Ad Maiorem Dei Gloriam - For the Greater Glory of God!

2. Before he gave his Urbi et Orbi Blessing, he asked the people to bless him and to pray for him. How extremely humble that the pope, one of the most revered people on this earth would ask the people of his church to first pray for him and to bless him before his official blessing. I hope this is something that he continues, much like JPII always kissed the ground upon landing in a new country.

3. He is from the America's. I know this really isnt anything that he did or anything, but how cool to have a pope from this side of the globe!

4. He picked the name Francis. We don't know what Francis he is reffering to, and the media seems to think that it is Francis of Assisi, which would be great considering the great humilty and love that he showed throughout their life.

There will be much more to talk about in the coming days about our new Holy Father, and I am excited to be a small part of that conversation here on this blog. Please engage in the conversation with me! Have something interesting about our New Holy Father? Please Share!!!

Viva Il Papa!!!


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