He's also the first Jesuit Pope, but don't cry for him Argentina. The only tears shed in this Catholic South American country are tears of joy. Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio Of Buenos Aires, has been elected the new leader of Catholic Church, on the second day and following five votes. He will now be known as Pope Francis I and he was reportedly the first runner-up in 2005, during the previous selection.
The official installation mass of Francis I will take place at 9:30 a.m. in Rome on Tuesday, March 19, at the Vatican. He chose the name as a reminder of St. Francis of Assisi, a long-time champion of the poor. Francis was founder of the Franciscan Order, born at Assisi in Umbria, in 1181 and died there, 3 October, 1226.
Pope Francis I will be taking on the awesome responsibility of leading a church with more than 1 billion followers, a job that comes with eight official titles — none of them "Pope."
City Island Images called Dr. Terrence W. Tilley, Chairman of the Theology Department at Fordham University to congratulate the Jesuit university and to ask a few questions. He says calling the pope "Pope" is a little like calling your CEO "chief."
He says Pope comes from the Italian 'Papa,'" explains Tilley adds "In America, we often use the phrase, especially the bishops — 'Holy Father,' 'Sancta Papa,' — which is where you get 'Pope.'"
The pope's proper title is Bishop of Rome, Vicar of Jesus Christ, Successor of the Prince of the Apostles, Supreme Pontiff of the Universal Church, Primate of Italy, Archbishop and Metropolitan of the Roman Province, Sovereign of the State of Vatican City, Servant of the Servants of God.
The 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church is also the first Jesuit, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, S.J., archbishop of Buenos Aires. He will be called Francis. His style is low-key and close to the people. He rides the bus, visits the poor, lives in a simple apartment and cooks his own meals. To many in Buenos Aires, he is known simply as 'Father Jorge.'"
You may have heard the bells at Fordham university this afternoon.
We can expect a media circus because Saturday @ 11 a.m. the new Pope will have audience with all journalists, media covering conclave. Pope Francis becomes the head of the 1 billion strong Catholic church, nearly half of which are from The Americas.
The Cardinal Twitter handle is @JorgeMBergoglio. With the new pontiff named, the official papal Twitter feed, @Pontifex, has now become active again.