Its Argentian Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio!

March 14, 2013 by  
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Pope FrancisThe Catholic-Christian Secular Forum (CSF), India apex activist community NGO ” thanks the cardinals at the conclave for the election of Argentina’s Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio elected the 267th pope, who takes name Francis, possibly after St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of the Jesuits congregation. Jorge Mario Bergoglio comes from Latin America, a region that is home to almost half of the world’s Catholic 1.2 billion Catholics, but more importantly, he is a deeply spiritual and austere cardinal.

We hail the cardinals decision to select a non European pope, who is known for his concern for the poor and justice issues. Cardinal Bergoglio has alway rejected Roman Curia posts and is known to have only visited Vatican, when absolutely necessary.

The CSF calls upon all Indian Christians to pray for the new pope Francis I, as for the last about two weeks, Catholics the world over, have been without a spiritual father. It is a moment of great joy as the Mass for the installation of the new pope would be celebrated on March 19, the feast of St Joseph, patron of the universal church. The CSF would dedicate its annual 26th Good Friday walking pilgrimage to pray for the pope.

Miserando atque eligendo ( “Lowly, and yet chosen.” ) was the episcopal motto of Cardinal Bergoglio and it is said that because of an infection as a teenager, Pope Francis has only one lung. We the laity must be his other lung, and help breathe new life into our Church!, say Brian Burch of Catholic Vote…

The CSF seconds that view. More in our special edition.

God Bless the New Pope

Your brother in Christ,

Joseph Dias.

Pope Francis’ First Words

Pope Francis Pope FrancisVatican City, March 13, 2013:  Here is a translation of the brief greeting Pope Francis gave from the central balcony of St. Peter’s Square following his election as the Successor of St. Peter.
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Brothers and sisters, good evening!
You know that the duty of the Conclave was to give a bishop to Rome. It seems as though my brother cardinals went almost to the end of the world to get him. But here we are. I thank you for your welcome. The diocesan community of Rome has a bishop. Thank you!

Before all else, I would like to say a prayer for our Bishop Emeritus Benedict XVI. Let us all pray together for him, that the Lord may bless him and that Our Lady may watch over him …

[Our Father … Hail Mary … Glory be] And now let us begin this journey, [together] as bishop and people. This journey of the Church of Rome, which is to preside over all the Churches in charity. It is a journey of fraternity, of love, of trust between us. Let us always pray for one another. Let us pray for the world, so that a great brotherhood may be created. I hope that this journey of the Church, which we begin today and in which my Cardinal Vicar who is present here will assist me, will be fruitful for the Evangelization of this beautiful city.

And now I would like to give you my blessing. But before I do, I would like to ask you a favor: before the bishop blesses the people, I ask you to pray to the Lord that He bless me…. the prayer of the people for a blessing upon their bishop. Let us take a moment of silence for you to offer your prayer for me.”[Silence … the Holy Father bows][Cardinal N. says … “The Holy Father, Francesco …”]“Now I will give you my blessing and to the whole world, to all men and women of good will.”[Pope’s blessing]

Brothers and Sisters,I leave you now. Thank you for your welcome. Pray for me. And we’ll see one another again soon. Tomorrow I want to go and pray to Our Lady, asking her to watch over Rome. Good night and have a good rest.


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