Tonight Catholics across the world are celebrating as we embrace our new Pope. Pope Francis the First, Argentinean Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was chosen by Conclave to be both the first South American and Jesuit Pope.
Millions around the world watched as the "Habemus Papum"
announcement was made.
Our new Pope is a deeply humble man. He is doctrinally conservative with a
strong commitment to social justice. I find that matches very closely with my
own convictions so naturally I am delighted.
He is not of the Roman Curia which I believe is a good thing and he is a
Jesuit. I have long had great admiration for the Jesuit order. It was founded
by Saint Ignatius of Loyola, a Saint I have always paid great devotion to.
The Formula of the Institute of the Society of Jesus, which our
new Pope signed up to when he joined the order, is laid out below
"Whoever desires to serve as a soldier of God
beneath the banner of the Cross in our Society, which we desire to be
designated by the name of Jesus, and to serve the Lord alone and the Church,
his spouse, under the Roman Pontiff, the Vicar of Christ on earth, should,
after a solemn vow of perpetual chastity, poverty and obedience, keep what
follows in mind. He is a member of a Society founded chiefly for this purpose:
to strive especially for the defence and propagation of the faith and for the
progress of souls in Christian life and doctrine, by means of public preaching,
lectures and any other ministration whatsoever of the Word of God, and further
by means of retreats, the education of children and unlettered persons in
Christianity, and the spiritual consolation of Christ's faithful through
hearing confessions and administering the other sacraments. Moreover, he should
show himself ready to reconcile the estranged, compassionately assist and serve
those who are in prisons or hospitals, and indeed, to perform any other works
of charity, according to what will seem expedient for the glory of God and the
I find the above a very noble cause and I hope our
new Pope continues the good work of the Jesuit order throughout the Church as a
I find myself in a very different place than I was
at the end of the last conclave. The end of the last conclave had me in a very
I am delighted by our new choice of Pope and I pray
that the Holy Spirit and St Michael watch over our new Pontiff as he
guides us through these dark days.
God Bless Pope Francis the First!!