15 Mar


Thurday markes another memomerable day in the world as the celebration of new pope from Argentina is still going on. Jorge Mario Bergoglio from Argetina but now known as Pope Francis is the new Pope of the Roman Catholic Church. He is known for humility and and passonate drive to fight for the interests of the poor. the facts about him, among other interesting matters are humility, reputation for being conservative, radical in times of fighting for the poor “humble champion of the poor”.
Pope Francis, on Thursday, began his reign in unorthodox fashion as he shunned public events in order to pray to the Virgin Mary
even as Latin America’s Roman Catholics rejoiced that the new Pope Francis is one of their own.
Latin America is home to 42 per cent of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics and the election of Argentinian Jorge Mario Bergoglio ended nearly 1,300 years of popes born in Europe.
Meanwhile, United States President Barack Obama has called  Pope Francis “a champion of the poor and the most vulnerable among us.”

14 other facts to know about him are:

•It may surprise people to know that Pope Francis has only one lung, but experts say it is nothing to worry about. His second got infected when he was a teenager, and it had to be removed. He has lived over six decades after then and this is not considered an health issue as the Pope is said to be healthy.
•Jorge Mario Bergoglio was born in  Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Dec. 17, 1936.
•He has four brothers and sisters. His father was an Italian immigrant and railway worker, and his mother was a housewife.
•Prior to becoming Supreme Pontiff, he had been Archbishop of Buenos Aires since 1998, and a cardinal since 2001.
•Before becoming Archbishop, he taught literature, philosophy, theology, and psychology.
•He also has a philosophy degree from the Catholic University of Buenos Aires and a master’s degree in chemistry from the University of Buenos Aires.
•In 1958, at the age of 21, he decided to enter the Society of Jesus, and started studying to become a Jesuit priest.
•As the Archbishop of Buenos Aires he turned down the opportunity to live in the palatial Archibishop’s residence, opting for a spartan apartment instead.
•He cooks his own meals.
•He takes the bus.
•An email chain once alleged he “never smiled.”
•After Argentina legalised gay marriage in July 2010, Bergoglio described the new law as “a scheme to destroy God’s plan” and “a real and dire anthropological throwback.”  When the legislation was still being debated, he called it “a move by the father of lies to confuse and deceive the children of God.” Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner said Bergoglio’s comments were “really reminiscent of the times of the Inquisition.”
•Bergoglio also called gay adoption “discrimination against children,” charging that the practice was “depriving [children] of the human growth that God wanted them given by a father and a mother.”
•Shortly before the 2005 Conclave that ultimately elected Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger as Pope Benedict XVI, a human rights lawyer filed a criminal complaint against Bergoglio, accusing him of having been complicit in the 1976 kidnappings of two priests, Orlando Yorio and Francisco Jalics, by Argentina’s military dictatorship. Bergoglio, who had been superior of the Society of Jesus of Argentina at the time, completely denied the claim.

Even a gull endorsed the choice of Pope
While the world waited for the arrival of a new pope, a seagull stole the show at the papal conclave.
Smoke watching became bird watching in St. Peter’s Square after a gull spent several minutes perched atop the chimney that belches out smoke from the Sistine Chapel to signal whether or not a pope has been elected.
From the chapel’s tiled roof, the gull had a commanding bird’s eye view of the sea of pilgrims eagerly waiting in the rain for papal tidings.
The bird offered welcome comic relief. Dublin tourist Harry Sheeran said it was “nearer to heaven than we are.”
Minutes after being spotted, the bird inspired a multitude of Twitter postings before it quickly became a media sensation.
The hastag in fact started to trend as people began to tweet not only abut the bird, but pretending to be the seagull, according to

However, once the white smoke started to pour from the chimney, the world turned its attention away from the seagull and on to the papal window. Inside Papal wardrobe: What Pope Francis will wear
Pope Francis will now ditch his Cardinal’s robes for the red and white uniform of the pontiff. The official papal wardrobe consists of various mozzettas (short capes), rochets, which are worn over the cassock, and stoles in red and white and some trimmed with ermine and gold embroidery.They are worn with the white cassock and the white zucchetto or skullcap and red or white shoes. The colours symbolise the innocence and sacrifice of Christ. Tradition dictates that the stole and shoes should always match the colour of the mozzetta but individual Popes can go against the grain. Pope Benedict chose to wear the red shoes in public, even if he was not wearing the red stole. He also reintroduced the red wide-brimmed straw hat to the Papal wardrobe, according to Catholic News.
According to the website, protocol dictates in which combination the clothes are worn depending on who the Pope is meeting.
When the Pope meets a Catholic head of state he wears the rochet, mozzetta and a stole, but no stole if the head of state if not Catholic.
The ‘hand of God’ has brought us an Argentinian pope, Maradona says Pope Francis’s compatriot, Diego Maradona put Francis’s election down to the same force that let the soccer star score an illicit handled goal to help Argentina win the 1986 World Cup. Recalling his own jest after a win over England, Maradona wrote in a newspaper: “The ‘hand of God’ has brought us an Argentinian pope.” As the first Jesuit Pope…


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