New Pope Francis is known as a humble pastor and hard worker. Reportedly placed 2nd to Cardinal Ratzinger/Benedict XVI at last conclave.


(Vatican Radio) Citing the Latin formula, Habemus Papam, the Proto Deacon, French Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran appeared on the central balcony of Saint Peter’s Basilica Wednesday evening to announce the election of the 265th Successor of Saint Peter:

Argentinian Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, S.J., the first Jesuit pope in history, was elected to the papacy, taking the name of Pope Francis.

Cardinal Tauran appeared on the balcony of St. Peter’s basilica at 8:12 p.m. to the cheers of tens of thousands of people gathered under umbrellas in the square. Billowing white smoke appeared from the chimney over the Sistine chapel at 7:06 p.m signalling that the new Pope had been elected in the fifth ballot of the two day conclave.



  1. My gut–informed by a lifetime spent in a period of unprecedentedly turbulent Catholicism–tells me this happened way too quickly. Too much like the “sancto subito” phenomenon that erupted right after the death of JP-II from the ranks of his media-driven personality cult. Was this papal election, just like that instant “canonization”, driven by the modern and modernist imperative of instant gratification? Was prudence never on the table? Was some kind of “fix” in ab ovo?

    I continue to pray, now more than before. I am not reassured, by any means. Don’t count me even “cautiously optimistic.”

  2. Don’t Cry For Me ARGENTINA!

  3. Joe Biden (crazy uncle joe) is going to the first Mass. Will the new Pope give the Eucharist to a known pro-choice, pro-gay marriage Catholic politician? If he does, expect more of the namby-pamby spineless Bishops.

    • Uncle Joe …will be the Litmus Test for the New Pope!

      • Cathy, you nailed it!!

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