Catholics in St. Clair Shores React to Election of New Pope, Francis I
The white smoke appeared on Wednesday, signaling the conclave had chosen Argentinian Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio to be the new head of the Catholic Church.
A new pope has been named to lead the Roman Catholic Church.
Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, 76, of Argentina, has been elected the 266th pope and is the first pope from Latin America.
Bergoglio is the son of middle-class Italian immigrants and became the first Jesuit archbishop of Buenos Aires in 1998 and was appointed cardinal three years later, according to the Washington Post. The article stated that Bergoglio leans to the conservative side on doctrinal and spiritual issues and opposes abortion and supports celibacy among priest.
He will take the name of Pope Francis, according to the Huffington Post.
Despite not having a front runner, in one of the fastest conclaves in years, Bergoglio received the necessary minimum of two-thirds (77) of the 115 votes on the fifth ballot, reported the Detroit News. The article stated that The Archdiocese of Detroit plans a special service Wednesday afternoon to celebrate the election of the new Pope, with time and place to be announced.
What do you think of the decision? Tell us in the comments.
On the St. Clair Shores Facebook page, readers shared their thoughts on the new pope:
- Sharon Wright Guswiler: "I like what I'm hearing about the man; I like his origin, his simple trappings, and the fact he is a Jesuit...and how can we go wrong with "St. Francis" now guiding the Church? Whoever is kind to animals is kind to humanity too. AMEN and Best Wishes to the Roman Catholic Church and to my Roman Catholic friends. I am very hopeful this will be a corrective and reunifying choice for all of us."
- Colleen Houlihan-Wilson: "Join me in praying for our new Pope...Pope Francis I"
- Geri Calabro Hofmann: "I love the name he picked and excited to see what the future willl hold ... I will never understand though why they have to pick such old popes !!! why not someone in their 60's ???"