Catholic Church have elected Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina to become the 266th pontiff of the first Christian Church established with more than 2000 years of history.
After the white smoke billowed out of a chimney on the roof of the Sistine Chapel to signal Bergoglio was chosen, he appeared on St Peter Basillica’s central balcony to the anticipation of 1.2 billion Roman Catholics who were expecting the new pontiff after Pope Gregory resigned last month.
Bergoglio 76, takes the name Francis and not only that he is the first Jesuit member but also the first American to be chosen to become a pope.
In his first speech made he was reported by news.va as saying:
“And now let us begin this journey, the Bishop and people, this journey of the Church of Rome which presides in charity over all the Churches, a journey of brotherhood in love, of mutual trust. Let us always pray for one another. Let us pray for the whole world that there might be a great sense of brotherhood . My hope is that this journey of the Church that we begin today, together with help of my Cardinal Vicar, be fruitful for the evangelization of this beautiful city.
“And now I would like to give the blessing, but first I want to ask you a favour. Before the bishop blesses the people I ask that you would pray to the Lord to bless me – the prayer of the people for their Bishop. Let us say this prayer – your prayer for me – in silence.
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