Habemus Papam (UPDATED: Venables on New Pope)
A new pope of the Roman Catholic Church has been elected. Updates to follow.
UPDATE: The new Bishop of Rome is the former Archbishop Jorge Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, 76-years-old. He is the first Latin American pope, a Jesuit, and a man known for holiness.
UPDATE: He has taken the name Francis I. An interesting choice for a Jesuit!
UPDATE: According to Wikipedia (I know, I know, but I think this accurate):
He served on the Congregation of Clergy, Congregation of Divine Worship and Sacraments, Congregation of Institutes of Consecrated Life and the Congregation of Societies of Apostolic Life. Bergoglio became a member of the Commission on Latin American and the Family Council.
As Cardinal, Bergoglio became known for personal humility, doctrinal conservatism and a commitment to social justice. A simple lifestyle has contributed to his reputation for humility. He lives in a small apartment, rather than in the palatial bishop’s residence. He gave up his chauffeured limousine in favor of public transportation, and he reportedly cooks his own meals.
UPDATE: Numerous firsts: first from the Western Hemisphere, first Latin American, first Jesuit, first Francis. He has spoken out against liberation theology, and strongly upheld orthodox theological and ethical positions of the church. He has also followed John Paul II in identifying with and seeking to lift up the poor with a genuine Christian social ethic. He also has spoken of the need to reform the Curia, which can’t be anything but good.
From the Associated Press:
The former Jorge Mario Bergoglio, 76, reportedly got the second-most votes after Joseph Ratzinger, the last pope, in the 2005 papal election. He has long specialized in the kind of pastoral work — overseeing churches and priests — that some say is an essential skill for a pope.
In a lifetime of teaching and leading priests in Latin America, which has the largest share of the world’s Catholics, the former Bergoglio has shown a keen political sensibility as well as a self-effacing humility, according to his official biographer, Sergio Rubin. His personal style is the antithesis of Vatican splendor.
UPDATE: From the Washington Post‘s profile:
Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who was chosen as pope Wednesday and will be known as Pope Francis, was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and is best known as a champion of the poor. This is often reflected in his very humble lifestyle, despite his position. One much-cited example of his personal (and very Franciscan) commitment is that he takes the bus.
You’re going to hear that last bit a lot: “the Pope who takes the bus.”
UPDATE: Anglican Archbishop Gregory Venables, a friend of the new Pope, has this to say on Facebook:
Many are asking me what Jorge Bergoglio is really like. He is much more of a Christian, Christ centered and Spirit filled, than a mere churchman. He believes the Bible as it is written. I have been with him on many occasions and he always makes me sit next to him and invariably makes me take part and often do what he as Cardinal should have done. He is consistently humble and wise, outstandingly gifted yet a common man. He is no fool and speaks out very quietly yet clearly when necessary. He called me to have breakfast with him one morning and told me very clearly that the Ordinariate was quite unnecessary and that the church needs us as Anglicans. I consider this to be an inspired appointment not because he is a close and personal friend but because of who he is In Christ. Pray for him.
Hearing that Archbishop Venables is a friend of the Pope was very exciting. I expect Greg Griffith to use his influence with the Archbishop to get Stand Firm an interview with Francis in the near future.
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