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From Public Transport to the Popemobile: Bergoglio's Journey to Top of Church

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(CNN) -- For the first time in the modern era, a non-European was elected Wednesday to lead the church as pope. Stepping into that historic role is Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina, who will be called Pope Francis. He is the first pontiff from Sou

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RosemaryRannes HusbandNeedsPrayers (650)
Wednesday March 13, 2013, 2:51 pm
(CNN) -- For the first time in the modern era, a non-European was elected Wednesday to lead the church as pope.

Stepping into that historic role is Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina, who will be called Pope Francis. He is the first pontiff from South America.

With its approximately 480 million adherents, Latin America is home to an overwhelming plurality of the world's Catholics. By choosing him, the cardinals sent a strong message about where the future of the church may lie.

Francis, 76, served as the archbishop of Buenos Aires.

He is known for his simplicity and has a reputation of being a voice for the poor.

"The new pope is a very humble man. He lives in Buenos Aires. He takes public transport every day. He is a strongly devoted man to the poorest and suffering people in his dioceses. He is a passionate preacher and a man of prayer," said the Rev. Eduardo Mangiarotti.

Cardinal Bergoglio elected pope

Francis was born in Buenos Aires on December 17, 1936. He was ordained as a Jesuit in 1969 and became co-archbishop of Buenos Aires in 1997 and sole archbishop of that city one year later. He was made a cardinal in 2001 and served as president of the Argentine Bishops Conference from 2005-11.

Pope Francis to followers: 'Here I am'
New pope 'big surprise' for Argentina According to a profile by CNN Vatican analyst John Allen and published by the National Catholic Reporter, Francis was runner-up in the 2005 papal conclave, behind then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger.

Francis is seen as an accomplished intellectual who brings together the first and the developing worlds in his own person, Allen wrote. Francis' father was an Italian immigrant, and he studied theology in Germany.

"We live in the most unequal part of the world, which has grown the most yet reduced misery the least," Allen quoted Bergoglio as saying during a gathering of Latin American bishops in 2007. "The unjust distribution of goods persists, creating a situation of social sin that cries out to Heaven and limits the possibilities of a fuller life for so many of our brothers."

As cardinal, Bergoglio clashed with the government of Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner over his opposition to gay marriage and free distribution of contraceptives.


Sue Matheson (79)
Wednesday March 13, 2013, 4:14 pm

Mary T (178)
Wednesday March 13, 2013, 5:15 pm
Thanks Rosemary

Giana Peranio - Paz (398)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 3:12 am
Thanks Rosemary.

Danuta W (1251)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 3:40 am

Diane K (134)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 9:01 am
Thank you, Rosemary

Ness F (211)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 4:21 pm
TY Rosemary, I'm not religious, yet I do approve how he took the bus back to his hotel and paid for his bill after being appointed..hope he keeps it real always!

Süheyla C (234)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 4:29 pm
Thank you Rosemary

Winn A (179)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 7:07 pm
Okay, so let's see if he cleans up the pedophiles in the church. He
should also make it legal for nuns and priests to marry. And, while
you're at it I think the next pope should be a woman. Hey, I can dream
can't I? :-)

Judith Lammers (0)
Friday March 15, 2013, 7:40 am
Hopefully, some things will change. Have to wait & see!

ilja c (48)
Friday March 15, 2013, 3:37 pm
If God is in Europe as well in Argentina and everywhere, why anyone is surprised Francis is from another
continent. Hope churc pedophiles are past tense for ever.

Past Member (0)
Saturday March 16, 2013, 3:49 am
"..past tense forever"?? Ha, good one Beka. The church draws child molesters like a magnet. It gives them cover!

My question would be, how did they find anyone not involved in pedophilia, either active abusers or involved in hiding all of the molesters. Or did they?
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