By that measure alone, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, Argentina, at least merits a look.
By David Gibson Huffington Post Since the moment of his election on March 13, Pope Francis has been warmly embraced by his own flock and even the media and the wider public in a way his bookish predecessor, Benedict XVI, was not.Polls show that anywhere from 73 percent to 88 percent of American Catholics say they are happy with the selection of Francis, as opposed to about 60 percent who were happy with the choice of Benedict — and many of those are extremely pleased with the new pope.
Pope Francis supported civil unions for gay couples as recently as 2010. This news might surprise lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) advocates aware of the new pope’s public stance on gay marriage — mainly, that it is a “destructive attack on God’s plan.” Francis also is fervently opposed to gay adoption, which he has said discriminates against children.
By Donna Wasson
Yippity-skippity, we have a new Pope. Pope Francis I was duly elected by his peers to be the Grand Poohbah of the Catholic Church, and now all is well in the world. Right? WRONG! Lord God in heaven help us, you have NO idea how dangerous and evil this man will turn out to be. I honestly don’t mean to hurt or offend any Catholics who may read this, but I have to speak the truth. However, any truth regarding the Pope will be a foreign language for the vast majority of Catholics.
Yes, I’ve read all the same stuff about Jorge Mario Bergoglio; how he is a humble man who refuses opulent accommodations, carries his own bags and cooks his own meals. Yes, I’ve seen the news clips showing him washing and kissing the feet of AIDS patients in an act of humble servitude. Not sure what happened to the admonition from Jesus about not letting our right hand know what our left hand is doing when we carry out good works, but I digress.
Damning evidence that Pope Francis may have betrayed two priests who were kidnapped and tortured by Argentina’s brutal military junta can be revealed today. The Mail on Sunday has seen documents which appear to show the new Pope secretly collaborated with the country’s dictatorship when he was head of the Jesuits there – using his real name Jorge Bergoglio – during the Dirty War that started in the Seventies. One of the documents is a 27-page report by Orlando Yorio, one of the kidnapped priests, in which he accuses the current pontiff of secretly spreading dangerous rumours about him and a colleague while personally promising them support and protection. A second document is a confidential government memo written in 1979 which appears to reveal Bergoglio informed junta officials that Father Yorio and Father Francisco Jalics were suspected of collaborating with guerrillas and that Jalics was accused of encouraging dissent among a congregation of nuns. Bergoglio, 76, who was chosen as the new Pope on Wednesday, has been accused of effectively handing the priests over to the regime’s death squads by failing to quash rumours they were dissidents. Read more: dailymail.co.uk
Reuters – Pope Francis, giving his clearest indication yet that he wants a more austere Catholic Church, said on Saturday that it should be poor and remember that its mission is to serve the poor.
Francis, speaking mostly off-the-cuff and smiling often, made his comments in an audience for journalists where he explained why he chose to take the name Francis, after St. Francis of Assisi, a symbol of peace, austerity and poverty.Read more Reuters
- Pope wants church for poor (thehimalayantimes.com)
- Pope Francis explains decision to take St Francis of Assisi’s name (guardian.co.uk)
- International Arrest Warrant issued against Pope Francis I, Jorge Mario Bergoglio, for Crimes against Humanity and Child Trafficking (itccs.org)
- A Statement of the ITCCS Central Office: Accused Criminal becomes first Jesuit Pope – Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, tainted with Dirty War allegations, new Pontiff of Rome
An author who predicted Pope Benedict XVI would be the first pontiff in nearly 600 years to resign believes the election today of Jorge Mario Bergoglio as the 266th Roman Catholic pontiff lines up with a medieval prophecy that would make him the “final pope” before the End Times. Tom Horn, co-author with Cris Putman of the book “Petrus Romanus: The Final Pope is Here,” told WND today Bergoglio’s selection was a “fantastic fulfillment of prophecy.” Horn has said a pope of Italian descent would fulfill the prophecy, noting Bergoglio is the son of Italian parents and a Jesuit.“Being a Jesuit is a very important aspect of our prediction in our book,” Horn told WND in an email. Citing his book, Horn said the name “Petrus Romanus” in the prophecy “implies this pope will reaffirm the authority of the Roman Pontiff over the Church and will emphasize the supremacy of the Roman Catholic Faith and the Roman Catholic Church above all other religions and denominations, and its authority over all Christians and all peoples of the world.” Horn pointed out the Jesuits order was organized “to stop Protestantism from spreading and to preserve communion with Rome and the successor of Peter.”
by Barbie Latza Nadeau - Backstabbing! Secret deals! Holy grudges! Rumors are flying about how Pope Francis really got elected. Barbie Latza Nadeau reports from Rome on who’s feeling snubbed. Even before the white smoke had settled in St. Peter’s square after the election of Pope Francis on Wednesday night, rumors were already swirling around Rome about what really happened inside the Sistine Chapel during the super-secret conclave. As the mainstream press wrote profiles of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio and his journey to the papacy, Vatican experts were whispering about backstabbing and secret deals that went down under Michelangelo’s frescoed ceiling.
Posted Posted on March 13, 2013 by END TIME HEADLINES
The world held it’s breath today in expectation of what could very well have been the “Final Pope” of Humanity as many scholars and students of different Faiths and Denominations watched in amazement as history unfolded and may have witnessed the fulfillment of a four Century old Prophecy given by Saint Malachy, a 12th‑centuryArchbishop of Armagh, Ireland, in which he predicted the final 112 Popes that would be in office leading to the destruction of the city of Rome and the rise of the Antichrist of Bible Prophecy.
The world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics have a new spiritual leader.
As afternoon turned to evening in Vatican City on Wednesday, a little after 7 p.m. local time, white smoke rose from a chimney above the Sistine Chapel and bells rang through St. Peter’s Square — the traditional signals that the church’s cardinals have chosen a new pope.
A little more than an hour later, his identity was announced. It is 76-year-old Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, Argentina. He comes from a region of the world with 483 million Catholics — about 40 percent of all the church’s faithful. A Jesuit priest, he chose the name Francis — seen by some as a sign he wants to unite the church, because Franciscans have been traditional rivals of Jesuits. No other pope has chosen that name,which as National Catholic Reporter reminds us honors “the 12th century saint known for his simple lifestyle and dedication to the works of mercy.”