Argentine Jorge Bergoglio Elected Pope

By: AP
By: AP

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Bishop David J. Malloy has issued the following statement upon learning of the election of Pope Francis I

 Bishop David J. Malloy’s statement:

 

 

 “It is with great joy and thanksgiving that I join all Catholics of the world in welcoming our new universal shepherd, Pope Francis I.   The awesome responsibility entrusted to him and the 265 holy men before him truly affect all people of the world. Congratulations to the cardinals of the world who, in concert with the Holy Spirit, chose this new successor to St. Peter.  Now, may that same Holy Spirit guide our Holy Father as he takes up the cross of his office and the concerns of the church in the world through his prayer, his action, his charity and in his love for Christ and all of us.”

 

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Argentine Jorge Bergoglio has been elected pope, the first ever from the Americas and the first from outside Europe in more than a millennium. He chose the name Pope Francis.

After announcing `'Habemus Papum" -- `'We have a pope!" -- a cardinal standing on the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica on Wednesday revealed the identity of the new pontiff, using his Latin name. Bergoglio had reportedly finished second in the 2005 conclave that produced Benedict XVI -- who last month became the first pope to resign in 600 years.

The 76-year-old archbishop of Buenos Aires has spent nearly his entire career at home in Argentina, overseeing churches and shoe-leather priests.


VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Argentine Jorge Bergoglio has been elected pope, the first ever from the Americas and the first from outside Europe in more than a millennium. He chose the name Pope Francis.


VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The Catholic church has chosen a new pope.

White smoke is billowing from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel, meaning 115 cardinals in a papal conclave have elected a new leader for the world's 1.2 billion Catholics.

he new pope is expected to appear on the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica within an hour, after a church official announces "Habemus Papum" -- "We have a pope" -- and gives the name of the new pontiff in Latin.

The conclave was called after Pope Benedict XVI resigned last month, throwing the church into turmoil and exposing deep divisions among cardinals tasked with finding a manager to clean up a corrupt Vatican bureaucracy as well as a pastor who can revive Catholicism in a time of growing secularism.

To celebrate the election of the new pope, St. Rita Catholic Church and Holy Family Catholic Church both in Rockford will hold Mass at 5:30 tonight.


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