Wikipedia on Pope Francis I
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Wikipedia on Pope Francis I:


Francis I (Latin: Franciscus; born Jorge Mario Bergoglio; December 17, 1936) is the 266th and current Pope of the Catholic Church, elected on March 13, 2013.[1] He chose his regnal name in honor of the Catholic saint Francis of Assisi. [2] He is the first Pope born in the Americas.

Prior to his election, he served as Archbishop of Buenos Aires, since 1998, and as a cardinal, since 2001.

Early life

Jorge Bergoglio was born in Buenos Aires, one of the five children of an Italian railway worker and his wife[3]. After studying at the seminary in Villa Devoto, he entered the Society of Jesus on March 11, 1958. Bergoglio obtained a licentiate in philosophy from the Colegio Máximo San José in San Miguel, and then taught literature and psychology at the Colegio de la Inmaculada in Santa Fe, and the Colegio del Salvador in Buenos Aires. He was ordained to the priesthood on December 13, 1969, by Archbishop Ramón José Castellano. He attended the Philosophical and Theological Faculty of San Miguel, a seminary in San Miguel. Bergoglio attained the position of novice master there and became professor of theology.

Impressed with his leadership skills, the Society of Jesus promoted Bergoglio and he served as provincial for Argentina from 1973 to 1979. He was transferred in 1980 to become the rector of the seminary in San Miguel where he had studied. He served in that capacity until 1986. He completed his doctoral dissertation in Germany and returned to his homeland to serve as confessor and spiritual director in Córdoba.

Bergoglio succeeded Cardinal Quarracino on February 28, 1998. He was concurrently named ordinary for Eastern Catholics in Argentina, who lacked their own prelate. Pope John Paul II summoned the newly named archbishop to the consistory of February 21, 2001 in Vatican City and elevated Bergoglio with the papal honors of a cardinal. He was named to the Cardinal-Priest of Saint Robert Bellarmino.


Cardinal

Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio greets President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, December, 2007.

As cardinal, Bergoglio was appointed to several administrative positions in the Roman Curia. 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.

Upon the death of Pope John Paul II, Bergoglio, considered papabile himself, participated in the 2005 papal conclave as a cardinal elector, the conclave that selected Pope Benedict XVI. A widespread theory says that he was in a close race with Ratzinger until he emotionally asked that the cardinals not vote for him.[4] Earlier, he had participated in the funeral of Pope John Paul II and acted as a regent alongside the College of Cardinals, governing the Holy See and the Roman Catholic Church during the interregnum sede vacante period.

During the 2005 Synod of Bishops, he was elected a member of the Post-Synodal council. Catholic journalist John L. Allen, Jr. reported that Bergoglio was a frontrunner in the 2005 Conclave. An unauthorized diary of uncertain authenticity released in September 2005[5] 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.

On November 8, 2005, Bergoglio was elected President of the Argentine Episcopal Conference for a three-year term (2005–2008) by a large majority of the Argentine bishops, which according to reports confirms his local leadership and the international prestige earned by his alleged performance in the conclave. He was reelected on November 11, 2008.
Pope Francis

Cardinal Bergoglio was elected Pope on the second day of the 2013 Papal conclave, taking the regnal name Francis.[6] The name Francis was chosen in honor of Francis of Assisi.[7] Cardinal Bergoglio is the first Jesuit priest chosen to be pope.[8]


Views

Abortion and euthanasia

Cardinal Bergoglio has invited his clergy and laity to oppose both abortion and euthanasia.[9]

He has affirmed church teaching on homosexuality, though he teaches the importance of respecting individuals who are homosexual.[citation needed] He strongly opposed legislation introduced in 2010 by the Argentine Government to allow same-sex marriage, calling it a "real and dire anthropological throwback".[10] In a letter to the monasteries of Buenos Aires, he wrote: "Let's not be naive, we're not talking about a simple political battle; it is a destructive pretension against the plan of God. We are not talking about a mere bill, but rather a machination of the Father of Lies that seeks to confuse and deceive the children of God." He has also insisted that adoption by homosexuals is a form of discrimination against children. This position received a rebuke from Argentine president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, who said the church's tone was reminiscent of "medieval times and the Inquisition".[11]

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Quote:This position received a rebuke from Argentine president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, who said the church's tone was reminiscent of "medieval times and the Inquisition".[11]

Looks like the new Holy Father is ticking off all the right people so far.  :grin:
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All I know is, someone has already pointed out there are no TLM's in the archdiocese of  Buenos Aires.

That's a bad thing if it's true.
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He is being bashed on Univision for saying that Gay marriage is a product of the devil.
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(03-13-2013, 04:03 PM)Pilgrim Wrote:
Quote:This position received a rebuke from Argentine president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, who said the church's tone was reminiscent of "medieval times and the Inquisition".[11]

Looks like the new Holy Father is ticking off all the right people so far.  :grin:

Gimme that ole time religion
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I am getting conflicting information on Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Pope Francis I.  It sounds like he has made a lot of liberals angry with his public statements.  It sounds like he says the right things on abortion, gay "marriage", gay adoption, etc.  And if President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner doesn't like him, that is definitely a point in his favor.  President Fernández de Kirchner is pretty much wrong on everything.

From all reports though, he is not a friend of the Traditional Latin Mass.  Hopefully Pope Francis I doesn't reverse the gains tradition has made under Pope Benedict XVI.

I will pray for him, asking God that Pope Francis I is a good leader for the Catholic Church.  May God give him wisdom and grace.
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"We should commit ourselves to ‘eucharistic coherence’, that is, we should be conscious that people cannot receive holy communion and at the same time act or speak against the commandments, in particular when abortion, euthanasia, and other serious crimes against life and family are facilitated.  This responsibility applies particularly to legislators, governors, and health professionals."

-Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, 2007
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(03-13-2013, 04:38 PM)Someone1776 Wrote: "We should commit ourselves to ‘eucharistic coherence’, that is, we should be conscious that people cannot receive holy communion and at the same time act or speak against the commandments, in particular when abortion, euthanasia, and other serious crimes against life and family are facilitated.  This responsibility applies particularly to legislators, governors, and health professionals."

-Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, 2007

Cardinal Burke's position :)  That is good.
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(03-13-2013, 04:38 PM)Someone1776 Wrote: "We should commit ourselves to ‘eucharistic coherence’, that is, we should be conscious that people cannot receive holy communion and at the same time act or speak against the commandments, in particular when abortion, euthanasia, and other serious crimes against life and family are facilitated.  This responsibility applies particularly to legislators, governors, and health professionals."

-Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, 2007


:)
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(03-13-2013, 04:38 PM)Someone1776 Wrote: "We should commit ourselves to ‘eucharistic coherence’, that is, we should be conscious that people cannot receive holy communion and at the same time act or speak against the commandments, in particular when abortion, euthanasia, and other serious crimes against life and family are facilitated.  This responsibility applies particularly to legislators, governors, and health professionals."

-Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, 2007

According to CNN "when Pope Francis is formally installed in a Mass later this month, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden will be there, leading the U.S. delegation to the event."

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/201...tallation/

It will be interesting to see how 'Eucharistic coherence' plays out.

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