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Vatican City State: Pope Francis accession/Inauguration & Current Events:March 2013-



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A thread for the accession, inauguration, news and current events of Pope Francis

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commencing 13 March 2013

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Probably the most humble monarch ever. :-) He is the right man IMO.
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Old 03-13-2013, 03:40 PM
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God bless Pope Francis 1st. May he bring change and new faith in the church.
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Old 03-13-2013, 03:40 PM
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Probably the most humble monarch ever. :-) He is the right man IMO.


Oh I agree Kit!!A very symphatetic man,humble,friendly and able.

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Background information on Pope Francis I

Born: 17 December 1936
Where: Born in Buenos Aires to a Italian Railway worker and is one of five children.

He entered the Society of Jesus in 1958, he was ordained to the priesthood on December 13, 1969, by Archbishop Ramón José Castellano. 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.

In 2005 he was runner up to Benedict with 40 votes in the third ballot, 26 in the fourth.

People on the BBC have highlighted the fact he lives among his people, takes the bus/walks to work (I'm not too sure which), cooks his own meals.

He chose his name after St Francis of Assisi.

His views;
Liberation theology
Bergoglio is an accomplished theologian who distanced himself from liberation theology early in his career. He is thought to be close to Comunione e Liberazione, a conservative lay movement.
Abortion and euthanasia
Cardinal Bergoglio has invited his clergy and laity to oppose both abortion and euthanasia.[7]
Homosexuality
He has affirmed church teaching on homosexuality, though he teaches the importance of respecting individuals who are homosexual. He strongly opposed legislation introduced in 2010 by the Argentine Government to allow same-sex marriage, calling it a "real and dire anthropological throwback". 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".
Church and AIDS
His doctrinal orthodoxy emphasizes Christ's mandate to love: he is well remembered for his 2001 visit to a hospice, in which he washed and kissed the feet of twelve AIDS patients.
Social justice
He consistently preaches a message of compassion towards the poor, but somewho? observers would like him to place a greater emphasis on issues of social justice. Rather than articulating positions on matters of political economy, Bergoglio prefers to emphasize spirituality and holiness, believing that this will naturally lead to greater concern for the suffering of the poor. He has, however, voiced support for social programs, and publicly challenged free-market policies.
Relations with the Argentine government
On April 15, 2005, a human rights lawyer filed a criminal complaint against Bergoglio, accusing him of conspiring with the junta in 1976 to kidnap two Jesuit priests, whom he, as superior of the Society of Jesus of Argentina in 1976, had asked to leave their pastoral work following conflict within the Society over how to respond to the new military dictatorship.

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Good luck Francis, I suspect you are going to need it. I do like that he has been known for living a simple life, preferring to live in a small apartment instead of a bishops palace, giving up a chauffeur driven limousine in favor of public transportation and also cooking his own meals. Interesting that he was apparently born in India and that his father was an Indian railroad worker. Not sure how he ended up in Argentina.
Given his age I would not expect a long papacy, but I do like his emphasis on social justice.
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I want to ask something to people here who have more knowlegde in this area.

How will be the schedule of the new Pope for the rest of the year? Will he stay in Vatican to learn more? Or will he tour in Catholic Countries? How it was for Pope Benedikte when he became Pope in 2006? I remenber that year, he went to Spain and met the royal family.
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Interesting that he was apparently born in India and that his father was an Indian railroad worker. Not sure how he ended up in Argentina.
Wikipedia says he was born in India and Argentina. He apparently has an Indian Father but also I've read his parents were born in Italy.

Edit: The article has been updated to say he was born in Buenos Aires to an Italian railway worker and is one of five children.
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His parents are Italian immigrants not Indian. He was born in Buenos Aires. :-)
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I want to ask something to people here who have more knowlegde in this area.

How will be the schedule of the new Pope for the rest of the year? Will he stay in Vatican to learn more? Or will he tour in Catholic Countries? How it was for Pope Benedikte when he became Pope in 2006? I remenber that year, he went to Spain and met the royal family.
He will be inaugurated next Tuesday according to the BBC. They also mentioned how he might have to be taught a lot of things, the ways of Rome perhaps because he's so far removed from commitees and the ways in Rome I guess.

I'd probably check out Benedicts Thread to see what he did, I quick glance shows he met Laura Bush in February, Cherie Blair in April, celebrated Good Friday and wrote his first Encyclical Letter.
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Bergoglio is clearly an Italian surname. Argentina is a melting pot, and one of its largest ethnic groups are Italians.

The Irish were early 19th century immigrants to Argentina. Anyone ever heard of poor Camila O'Gorman?
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I want to ask something to people here who have more knowlegde in this area.

How will be the schedule of the new Pope for the rest of the year? Will he stay in Vatican to learn more? Or will he tour in Catholic Countries? How it was for Pope Benedikte when he became Pope in 2006? I remenber that year, he went to Spain and met the royal family.
Nobody knows his schedule yet,not even he himself.All matters to be arranged in the very foreseeable future,first thing to arrange is his First Holy Mass as Pontiff asap.

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Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio from Argentina has been elected as Pope Francis

BBC News - LIVE: Pope Francis I elected
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I love the fact a latin american pope has been chosen!
Good luck to him!
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Well, we know that he'll come to Brazil.
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Good luck to the new pontiff, the first of his name. Hopefully this will be an auspicious time for the Church with many needed changes implemented. And as an aside, I wonder how thrilled Princess Maxima must be?
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And I wonder how thrilled Princess Maxima must be?
I was just thinking that earlier
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Good luck to the new pontiff, the first of his name. Hopefully this will be an auspicious time for the Church with many needed changes. And as an aside, I wonder how thrilled Princess Maxima must be?
Hey, yeah, I forgot about her! How cool is that - two Argentinian monarchs in Europe!

I wonder if Maxima will be visiting in the near future?
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