New Pope: Cardinal Bergoglio is Pope Francis

Here is the latest news:

Surprise decision.

The archbishop of Buenos Aires is a Jesuit intellectual who travels by bus and has a practical approach to poverty: when he was appointed a cardinal, Bergoglio persuaded hundreds of Argentinians not to fly to Rome to celebrate with him but instead to give the money they would have spent on plane tickets to the poor. He was a fierce opponent of Argentina’s decision to legalise gay marriage in 2010, arguing children need to have the right to be raised and educated by a father and a mother. He was created a cardinal by John Paul II on 21 February 2001.

This Feb. 14, 2013 photo shows Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio leading a mass at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

More later…

27 Responses to New Pope: Cardinal Bergoglio is Pope Francis

  1. Anonymous says:

    Guess OMalley’s mouthpiece, Donilon couldn’t promote him enough.

    Continued incompetence in Boston.

  2. saintpio1 says:

    This made me cry. He is truly a spiritual man!
    The Holy Spirit reigned over this appointment. The devil is really mad I am sure. Our prayers were answered. Thank you all who prayed for this man, even tho’ you did not know him.

  3. Carolyn says:

    The Italians have an expression, “Everything new appears beautiful.” Francis looks good to me:

    What a relief that reporters were clueless about him.
    What a relief that he has worked outside Rome his whole career.
    What a relief that he invokes the spirit of Saint Francis.

    He is Italian by birth, so that must placate the Italians.
    He is a Jesuit, so they have a new voice on the world stage.

    Is it worrisome that they chose someone, once again, well into his 70s? We can ponder that later — today all we need to know is “Habamus Papam.” Gaudiamus!

  4. Ferde Rombola says:

    A number of the heretic ‘Catholic’ colleges and universities in this country are run by Jesuits. I’ll be looking to see what happens there. And ‘Francis’ worries me a little. Most Franciscans are 100% social justice. That’s not what the Church needs today. That’s not to say we ignore social justice, but it gets plenty of attention in the normal course of things.

    • Michael says:

      I think the question Ferde is raising is: “Is Pope Francis I a Jesuit or a Catholic?” I’m praying he is sent from the Holy Spirit? If so, I agree, Boston College, et al, ought to be an embarrassment to him. Maybe BCI could change its focus. Boston College Insider??? Has a nice ring to it.

  5. Marie says:


    Surprising, but not so much really. Many more Traditionalist than we thought, perhaps, and great support for the largest Catholic population. Speaks volumes.

  6. Marie says:

    Sorry. Presses the “post” button too quickly.

    So guess who is coming home!

  7. Lazarus' Table says:

    I guess Jack Connors is unpacking.

  8. JUSTSAYIN' says:

    WOW!!!! I love that he has chosen Francis as his name and love that he is Jesuit. We need Jesuit intellect with the heart and soul of a Francis of Assisi to clean house and rebuild.

    Pape Francisco, Rebuild my church!!

    Also love that he is a blend of Argentina and Italy. Perfetto!!!

    • Mary Reilly says:

      Didn’t we hear the same “Rebuild my church” from Archbishop Sean O’Malley when he arrived in Boston? Sounded great in 2003. Where has that gotten us since then?

      • JUSTSAYIN' says:

        “We need Jesuit intellect with the heart and soul of a Francis of Assisi to clean house and rebuild” and we may have found just that. Therein lies the difference.

  9. Not So Sure Yet says:

    At Business Insider, they are sharing concerns by a traditionalist Catholic author and commentator. He sees this outcome as something of an “anti-Ratzinger” choice:

    “A contentious reading of this election: Josef Ratzinger’s enemies have triumphed completely….
    1) Francis is not known for swinging an axe.
    2) He begins his papacy on a note of novelty.
    3) He has not implemented Benedict’s reforms.
    4) He’s old. No reason to suspect curia will be responsive to his directives as he’ll be expected to retire, die shortly.

    Am not so sure about him yet. BCI or others, do you have more information about him?

  10. Joe Murphy, Jr. says:

    “Argentina’s Pope Bergoglio a moderate focused on the poor”

    It says:

    “He is a modest man from a middle class family who declined the archbishop’s luxurious residence to live in a simple apartment and travel by bus.

    He was also the main candidate against Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger in the 2005 conclave that elected the German to become Pope Benedict, backed by moderate cardinals looking for an alternative to the then Vatican doctrinal chief.”

    I’m not yet ready to cheer. Jury is out for me until I see more.

  11. Mary says:

    If you can’t say anything nice about anyone, don’t say anything!!

  12. JUSTSAYIN' says:


    He takes the bus; he cooks his own meals. God, this is soooo refreshing!!

    Not a “usual” Jesuit for those concerned about his “activism.”

  13. JUSTYN TYME says:

    Looks like a “real” Franciscan has been elected Supreme Pastor!
    He seems to “get it” from what his biographers have reported.
    He has the “Mind of Ignatius” and the “Heart of Francis” and Missionary Zeal for Souls of Francis Xavier.” His symple lifestyle: no car, rides the T, lives in a small apartment, cooks his own meals, does his own laundry and pays rent. When made a Cardinal told his entourage to stay home and use the money for the plane ticket to feed the poor. When a poor family was evicted gave money out of his own wallet to help them get a place : When made cardinal he did not have special vestments made for himself but had his predecessor’s vestments altered! and on 1 lung and still!! All by CHOICE!! He did not have to parade around in a “uniform”, sell his residence and move to a Cathedral Rectory to settle law suits, have a car and driver and travel 1st class on planes and pay his staff 3 figure salaries: all done by FORCE! Remember what St. Francis said to his brothers” When you preach use words if necessary.” Already Pope Francis I has preached his first sermon and how eloquent it has been.Love his style of preaching after the heart of St. Francis and look forward to more of it. Looks like the “Albino” smoke of the Sistine Chapel has perhaps signaled another ” “Luciani”! Albino Luciani meaning “white light”: the late Venerable Pope John PauI I: Bishop/Martyr: 1978. My advice to Pope Francis I: pray much, keep your staff at arms length and do not tell them what you plan to do. Otherwise there is a crypt awaiting you!!!! JP I !!
    Let us pray for Pope Francis I whose name means “free one.”
    His Episcopal Motto in English means: To Choose Mercy!

    • Rich says:

      From what I understand, the Cardinal has a driver because of insurance purposes. He “owns” everything in the diocese, and all of it could be used in a law suit should he have an accident when driving.

      Maybe someone who knows FOR SURE can educate me on this.

      • JUSTYN TYME says:

        You are right. Think about it. When Dukakis was Gov. he travelled to work daily on the T. I remember the day when Cardinal Medeiros left his residence on Comm. Ave dressed in secular cloths( when he first came to Boston )and rode the trolley from BC to Arlington St., to get a feel for the people, who they were, what they were thinking and feeling. Infact when he got off at Arlington St. he discovered that his already empty wallet was missing (pickpockets). No one recognized him and he learned an awful lot. Br. Sean might try riding the Orange Line( at 2:30 PM from Oak Grove to Forest Hills when the school kids are getting out) in secular cloths not “uniform” with hat: and just sit, look, listen. Great preaching in the “spirit of St. Francis” and he would learn alot and not only about real people but also about himself. Real People are great teachers. It would be interesting to see if anyone would recognize him. I know and understand the whole “Corporate Sole” thing but a “real” Bishop makes time to be with his people. Infact, from the South End you can get the Orange/Line: Red Line to Braintree. What a ride!!!!

  14. Liam says:

    Ad multos annos.

    And now Cld Sean will return to Boston sometime in the 2021-2024 timeframe, unless he insists on a coadjutor before that time.

  15. Mack says:

    This is a great choice. I’m very happy. and I hope that Cardinal O’Malley might learn from Pope Francis how to be frugal not only in his personal life, but in running the archdiocese as well.

  16. Jennie says:

    God is good! We are so lucky to have such a holy man as our Holy Father. God bless Pope Francis!

  17. Liam says:

    So, perhaps Bernard Law had a role as midwife of compromise chess-planning against Scola in the last days before the conclave:

  18. Chris says:

    Perhaps following the leadership of Pope Francis, Cardinal Sean O’Malley will feel free to leave the chancery “museum” and the rounds of donor dinners and events, and start making changes in the hierarchy of the archdiocese.

  19. Mack says:

    I just saw a report that Pope Francis wants Cardinal Law to move out of his quarters near St Mary Major and go someplace else. But I’m not sure what really happened because there were conflicting reports. Does anyone know for sure?

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