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Falklands : NEW POPE FROM ARGENTINA: HAND OFGOD MAY HAVE CHOSEN THE LEADER BUT THE OFFICE MAKES THE MAN
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 23.03.2013 (Article Archived on 20.04.2013)

Roman Catholic Cardinals have chosen as their new pope a man Argentina the first non-European to be elected for almost 1,300 years and the first-ever member of the Jesuit order. The archbishop of Buenos Aires, Jorge Mario Bergoglio, took as his papal name Francis

NEW POPE FROM ARGENTINA:  HAND OFGOD MAY HAVE CHOSEN THE LEADER BUT THE OFFICE MAKES THE MAN


By J. Brock (FINN)


Roman Catholic Cardinals have chosen as their new pope a man Argentina the first non-European to be elected for almost 1,300 years and the first-ever member of the Jesuit order.  The archbishop of Buenos Aires, Jorge Mario Bergoglio, took as his papal name Francis – and appeared on the balcony over the entrance to St Peter's basilica more than an hour after white smoke poured from the chimney above the Sistine chapel, signalling that the cardinals had made their choice.


 


The bespectacled Argentinian prelate dressed in his new white robes, was relaxed as he looked out at the sea of jubilant humanity in the square and asked the crowd to pray for him.


 


When asked about the new Pope Monsignor Michael B McPartland, Prefect Apostolic said that he was surprised and delighted that the Church has a new Pope so soon after the abdication of Pope Benedict.


 


“The fact that the newPope comes from Argentina is also a surprise,” he said.  “But then Catholics see the Pope as the father of the Church Universal.


 


He went on to say that the new Pope’s Argentine antecedence will quickly fade just as Pope Benedict’s German background did before him..


 


“Let us pray that he will enjoy good health so he can address the full agenda that awaits him,” Monsignor McPartland concluded.


 


FINN believes that the Falklands will also quickly slide down the list of the new Pope’s priorities.


 


At a Mass at Buenos Aires metropolitan cathedral on April 2 last year, the 30th anniversary of the Argentine invasion of the Falklands the new Pope said: "We come to pray for all who have fallen, sons of the homeland who went out to defend their mother, the homeland, and to reclaim what is theirs, that is of the homeland, and it was usurped."


 


However, protocol will now put such statements in their proper context.


 


As the Cardinal of Buenos Aires, Jorge Mario Bergoglio confronted President Kirchner about birth control, abortion, gay marriage and same sex adoption, etc.


 

 

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