Jorge Mario Bergoglio From Argentia Elected Pope Francis—
First Pope from the Americas
76 years old from Buenos Aires.
Studied in Germany.
First pontiff from the Americas.
Was second place in the voting last time.
Known as someone who bridges divides.
Pope Francis asks the Catholic faithful to pray for him.
USA Today reported:
Throngs jamming St. Peter’s Square roared with joy as Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, archbishop of Buenos Aires, stepped onto the balcony as the new pope and leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics.
Bergoglio, 76, is the first Jesuit and first Latin American pope. He also the first to take the pope name of Francis, for the saint devoted to the poor. The crowd was silent as Bergoglio recited the Lord’s Prayer and a Hail Mary.
“Let us pray for the whole world,” he told the crowd.
The 115 voting cardinals took five votes over two days to reach their decision, which came after a week of intense meetings and on the heels of the surprising resignation of Pope Benedict XVI last month, the first pope to step down in some 600 years.
Here is the announcement.
Francis is a strict social conservative.
He is not without controversy. Bergoglio is reportedly linked to the controversial Comunione e Liberazione (Communion and Liberation), a conservative lay ecclesiastical movement within the Catholic church that was once a big supporter of disgraced former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.
Bergogolio holds conservative views on abortion, euthanasia, homosexuality and contraception and has blasted what he calls the “culture of death” in modern society.
The church, he once told Italian media, should help “children grow up healthily, are adequately fed, get a good education based on sound moral principles.”