Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Room of tears for me, Argentina

Habemus Papem graphic up at Vatican website; a change of clothes; "'Papal twitter account, @Pontifex, has been reactivated. Zero tweets so far' @CBSThisMorning"; action by the 'grounds crew' at the balcony; and 76 year old Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Archbishop of Buenos Aires, a Jesuit, is Pope.

P.S. At 76, he's only two years younger than Cardinal Ratzinger was when elected.

Pope Francis I*; internally ecumenical, I hear. [Update: Or not; see below]

P.P.S. This puts the Jesuits on the board.

P.P.P.S. His Wikipedia entry includes,

"For the fictional pope in the 1979 Walter Murphy novel, see Vicar of Christ (novel).
"He chose his regnal name in honor of the co-founder of the Society of Jesus Francis Xavier.
"As Cardinal, Bergoglio became known for personal humility, doctrinal conservatism and a commitment to social justice.
"John L. Allen, Jr. reported that Bergoglio was a frontrunner in the 2005 Conclave. An unauthorized diary of uncertain authenticity released in September 2005 confirmed that Bergogolio was the runner-up and main challenger of Cardinal Ratzinger at that conclave. The purported diary of the anonymous cardinal claimed Bergoglio received 40 votes in the third ballot, but fell back to 26 at the fourth and decisive ballot. [footnote omitted]
* Or is it just Francis until there's a II?

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