Habemus Papam Franciscum

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 common good".

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 whole.

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 disappointed mood.

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!!


CaoimhinMGM said...

Cautiously optimistic. Seems to be nothing if not a holy and pious man. Unfortunately he has no taste liturgically; it seems the soaring ceremony of Benedict XVI which drew the mind of man towards the glory of God is gone and with it, sadly, probably Monsignor Marini. Let's hope his humility and clear concern for the poor and suffering can bring some much needed spiritual credibility back to the Gospel message.

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