Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio makes Christianity compelling. Luke Coppen, editor of The Catholic Herald, analyses what his election means for the Church.
Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio has looked like an obvious choice for pope since he reportedly came second in the balloting to Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger in 2005 – but he kept such a low profile that few commentators saw him as a leading candidate in 2013.
Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina has been elected to lead the Roman Catholic Church, a prelate announced to huge crowds gathered in St. Peter’s Square.
He took the name Pope Francis 1 and he is the 266th Pope.
Cardinals elected Bergoglio on just the second day of a secret conclave to find a successor to Pope Benedict, who abdicated unexpectedly last month.
He will be the first Latin-American Pope
After Pope Benedict XVI announced yesterday that he will be resigning on the 28th of February, something very strange happened.
Moments after he announced it, lightening struck St Peter’s Basilica.
Pope Benedict XVI will step down from office at the end of February, the first pontiff to do so since the Middle Ages, the Vatican said on Monday.
“Same-sex marriage is an anathema to the will of God for human beings to be fruitful, replenish and multiply on earth. Anything contrary to that is evil.
“How can a man who marries a fellow man produce a child and how can a woman who marries a fellow woman produce a child?
“If this evil is allowed to stay, there will not be newborns again in the world. As the older generation dies, will there be a new generations to succeed it? Even plants and animals have new generations to succeed them.”
Pastor E.A Adeboye, the General Overseer of The Redeemed Christian Church of God is the first Nigerian Brand Page on Facebook to hit 1million likes ahead of Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB) and MTN.