Good Wednesday, everyone! History was made today! I'm so excited, as I keep on watching the latest Good News on our TV set at this time. (It's past 7 pm in Rome.) Thank you, God! Thank you, Jesus!
Yes, excitement has been building up, my dear folks and friends! We have a new pope! Bells in the St. Peter's Basilica/Square have been ringing/tolling! White smoke up the chimney of the Sistine Chapel appearing! There's jubilation all around, everywhere especially in the Vatican City, Rome, Italy.
Now, the question is: Who's our new Supreme Pontiff? Where does he come from? What name did he choose as our new pope? We don't know yet. But he's chosen, finally! The papal conclave has already elected today the new Leader of The Catholic Church. At this time, the white smoke keep billowing atop the chimney of the Sistine Chapel! Thousands and thousands of faithful and the curious, all gathered at St. Peter's Square, are all smiles, in awe, excitement, and jubilation at this point in time, awaiting for the announcement of the chosen new pope. Celebration is going on everywhere, specifically in Rome, Italy!
Well, I'll update my blog post once the name of the new pope is known/announced. It's just a matter of minutes or an hour when the name of the new pope will be announced. But the good thing/news is that a new pope is chosen! (I do hope and pray that it's Cardinal Timothy Dolan, currently the Archbishop of New York! But whoever is chosen today, I pray that he's as holy and effective as his predecessor. I hope and pray that he's the embodiment of what we, Catholics, have been wishing for.) Stand by, folks and friends. Until then, we'll see you later. Ciao!-chris a. quilpa, 13 March 2013
News Update...News Update...
We have just learned the name of the new pope! He hails from Argentina, the first Latin American pope in the history of the Catholic Church, and the first Jesuit pope. His name is Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, SJ., Archbishop of Bueneos Aires, Argentina. He is 76 years old. He has chosen the name Pope Francis in honor of a popular saint, St. Francis of Assissi, who, like Blessed Mother teresa of Calcutta, lived a life of simplicity and humility by loving and caring the poor and marginalized in our society.
Per news report, the new Pope Francis I, who heads/leads the 1.2 billion Catholics worldwide, will have his formal installation as the new Bishop of Rome, and Supreme Pontiff or Holy Father, on Tuesday, March 19, 2013, at St. Peter's Basilica/Square (in The Vatican City), Rome, Italy. May God bless you, Pope Francis I ! Thank you, God.-caq