Pope Francis, born Jorge Mario Bergoglio, 17 December 1936 is the 266th and is our new pope . A native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, he was ordained as a priest in 1969. In 1998 he became the Archbishop of Buenos Aires, and in 2001 a cardinal. He chose the name Francis (the first time a pope has taken that name) in honour of Saint Francis of Assisi. He is both the first Jesuit priest and the first native of the Americas to be elected Pope. He is also the first pope from outside Europe since Gregory III in the 8th century.
Our new pope has asked us to pray for him as he takes up his new ministry. May the Lord bless him and grant him good health and strength.
“Let us start this journey, bishop and people, this journey of the church of Rome, which leads all the Churches in charity, a journey of love, of trust among us” he continued “Let us always pray for us, one for the other, let us pray the whole world, so that there may be a great fraternity. I hope that this journey of the Church that we begin today may be fruitful for the evangelisation of this beautiful city.”
St Peter’s Square Wednesday 13 March 2013