Habemus Papem! After four rounds of secret voting, the cardinals elected Jorge Mario Bergoglio as the new leader of the Catholic Church on March 13.
The crowd at St. Peter’s Square went wild on March 13, when Jorge Mario Bergoglio made his first public appearance as the new pope. The newly anointed Pope Francis I stepped out onto the balcony of the Sistine Chapel to make his debut as the newest leader of the Catholic Church, following the billowing of white smoke from the chimney one hour earlier.
Jorge Mario Bergoglio Is The New Pope: Pope Francis I
The cardinal deacon stepped out onto the balcony at 9:12pm local time to say “Habemus Papem!”, which means “we have a pope!” and Jorge Mario Bergoglio, 76, came out to be sworn in. He will be called Pope Francis I, and he hails from Buenos Aires, Argentina, making him the first pope from South America. Jorge Mario came second to Pope Benedict XVI in the last conclave in 2005.
The New Pope’s First Words As Leader Of The Catholic Church
Pope Francis I’s first words as pope were “Buona sera”, which means “good evening” in Italian, followed by a speech:
“First of all would like to say a prayer for our Bishop Benedict the 16th. Let’s prayer all together so the Lord bless him.”
“And now let’s begin this path together. The bishop with the people. The path in brotherhood, love, and trust. Let’s pray for the world so that there is a brotherhood. I wish the path that we begin together and the cardinal will help me with…And now I’d like to bless you. But first of all I ask for a favor. Before the Bishop does the prayer let’s pray for the Bishop.”
“The holy father through the radio, TV, and the new communication technologies. Let’s pray God so he will preserve a long time the Pope so he gives peace ot the church and the whole world. And now I’ll give you the Benediction to you and the entire world. To all the men and women of good will. May the holy apostles Peter and Paul in whose power and authority we have confidence intercede in our behalf to the Lord. Through the prayers and Mary, the blessed virgin, the blessed John the Baptist. May the mighty God have mercy on you. May Jesus Christ lead you to everlasting life. It’s time for a truthful and fruitful penance. And may the blessing of the mighty God, The father, the son, the whole spirit descend on you and remain on you always.”
“Brothers and sister I live. Thank you so much for your welcoming. Pray for me and I will see you soon. Tomorrow I am going to pray to The Virgin Mary so that she keeps Rome. Have a good evening and rest well.”
Pope Benedict XVI’s Resignation
After the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI on Feb. 28, the cardinals endured four rounds of voting in the secret conclave when they finally chose the new leader of the Catholic church. At 8pm local time white smoke began to billow from the Sistine chapel chimney on March 13, which meant that the new pope had been chosen.
The Papal Conclave
The 115 voting cardinals took four or five votes over two days to reach their decision, which required a two-thirds majority and it took one week of intense meetings. Four times black smoke was seen billowing from the chimney until March 13, and the crowds cheered and clapped when the white smoke emerged.
Pope Benedict XVI made history when he stepped down earlier this year, as he is the first Pope in over 600 years to resign.
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