Pope Francis: First Catholic leader from Latin America
March 13th, 2013
02:38 PM ET

Pope Francis: First Catholic leader from Latin America

Rome (CNN) - Pope Francis, the first non-European pontiff of the modern era, revealed himself to the world from a balcony at the Vatican on Wednesday.

Jorge Bergogolio, who served as archbishop of Buenos Aires, took the name Francis shortly after being elected by cardinals in what was apparently the fifth round of voting on the second day of the conclave.

"As you know, the duty of the conclave was to appoint a bishop of Rome," Francis told a cheering crowd of thousands packed into St. Peter's Square.

"It seems to me that my brother cardinals have chosen one who is from faraway. ... Here I am. I would like to thank you for your embrace."

The new pope called on the thousands packed into the square - and those watching around the world - to pray for him before he delivered a blessing.

Bergogolio, 76, is the first pope to take the name after St. Francis of Assisi, revered among Catholics for his work with the poor.

The new pontiff is considered a straight shooter who calls things as he sees them, and a follower of the church's most conservative wing.

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  1. going here

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    April 4, 2013 at 9:27 am |
  3. HotAirAce

    So the RCC has a new Pope-A-Dope chief pedophile protector. It's only a matter of time before this charlatan's true history will become known.

    March 16, 2013 at 7:31 pm |
  4. Steve

    Have you read this book? It talks about the 300 Prophecies of Jesus from the Hebrew Scriptures, it's a must read.

    http://www.amazon .com/300-Times-examination-prophecies-ebook/dp/B00BDFMLAI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1363354586&sr=8-1&keywords=300+Prophecies+of+Jesus

    March 15, 2013 at 10:05 am |
  5. TeaPatriot

    Too bad they didnt make Odumbo as pope. Maybe he coulda forged a certificate that he is bishop of somewhere and so is eligible. I guess even he knew they werent as dumb. as the american people.

    March 14, 2013 at 6:07 pm |
    • Oh Dippy, where fore art thou?

      "I guess even he knew they werent as dumb. as the american people."

      Is it a requirement for Tea Party membership that one cannot have grammatical skills above the second grade level?

      March 14, 2013 at 6:10 pm |
    • midwest rail

      Only when they're trolling.

      March 14, 2013 at 6:12 pm |
    • Satan's can opener

      It's frightening to think that you might actually breed. Oh, and....fvck off.

      March 14, 2013 at 9:38 pm |
  6. TeaPatriot

    Pah. How much time before "Vatican tortillas" anyone? way to go....... get a wetback as leader

    March 14, 2013 at 4:59 pm |
    • In Santa we trust

      Do you even know what "wetback" refers to? How can it apply to the new pope.

      March 14, 2013 at 5:04 pm |
    • My Dog is a jealous Dog

      Surprise, surprise – a tea party "patriot" spouting racist nonsense. Who would have predicted that?

      March 14, 2013 at 5:07 pm |
    • Satan's can opener

      Many years ago my cousin was in a band called "The Little Trolls". How nice to see they're having an online reunion!

      March 14, 2013 at 9:41 pm |
  7. Sane Person

    The bible says call no man father (Catholics call priests father)
    The bible says there is no mediator between god and man except Jesus (that means no pope)
    The bible says worship no graven images (statues of Mary, Eucharist, etc.)

    Catholicism is not biblical.

    March 14, 2013 at 2:11 pm |
    • ..

      The 'Father' doesn't refer to God. It refers to the pastoral duties; it's allegory.
      By your logic, no male parent should be called father, then.
      The Commandment applies to foreign gods and goddesses, not to God.
      The pope isn't a mediary. He is like the CEO of a company. Nobody prays TO him; they pray FOR him.
      Nobody "worships" Mary. They worship God. And nobody worships the Eucharist, that's absurd.
      If you want to know Catholic Dogma, look it up instead of just making false assertions about a religion you obviously don't know anything about, instead of relying on Pastor Goody for your knowledge. No go dance with a snake and speak in tongues. This doesn't make your religion any more valid, either.

      March 14, 2013 at 2:37 pm |
    • Satan's can opener

      "Sane Person"? Bwahahahahahahahah!

      March 14, 2013 at 9:42 pm |
    • Zingo

      I think Sane Person is Nii, who for some reason thinks he can't post under his name anymore.

      March 14, 2013 at 10:14 pm |
    • In Santa we trust

      Shouldn't the fact that all the different christians sects have their own different view of god and their own different text make you question the validity of any of them?

      March 14, 2013 at 10:17 pm |
  8. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    March 14, 2013 at 8:35 am |
    • Jesus

      Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!

      March 14, 2013 at 8:35 am |
    • Really?

      "Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things"

      That's why the data, has shown that atheists have happier and healthier lives than conservative Christians. Your post is built on a lie!

      March 14, 2013 at 8:37 am |
    • Satan's can opener

      I used to pray that God would change my kid's diapers. Didn't happen.

      March 14, 2013 at 10:10 pm |
  9. Science

    Does the new pope have one ............... hope so .......... But was the bible around back then 338,000 years ago ?

    Human Y Chromosome Much Older Than Previously Thought


    Was the bible around back then ?

    March 14, 2013 at 8:13 am |
  10. Michael ofosu

    welcome to the end of time

    March 14, 2013 at 6:19 am |
    • Satan's can opener

      Your crazy-azz kind has been welcoming us "to the end of time" for 2000 years now. Get a fvcking clue, will you?

      March 14, 2013 at 10:11 pm |
    • Zingo

      Oooooooooooh, scary! Cue the spooky music and laser light show!

      With the End Times Dancers and the Lakers of Fire Girls be performing?

      March 14, 2013 at 10:13 pm |
  11. polly henninger

    The new pope's choice of the name Francis is mind-boggling, hopeful, creative, dynamic, straight-forward, beautiful, awe-inspiring and transcendent. He appears to be embracing the problems of the Church as he takes on the duties and opportunities of his office, ready to go forward in a simple, humble, committed, faith-based way. He seems well-grounded, principled and clear about who he is and who God is, what the Church is and what he needs to do. It is a wonderful moment in history and portends fresh wind and steering in a new, more open, land honest, less cluttered direction. His face reveals and reflects a lifetime of faith and scholarship.

    March 14, 2013 at 3:03 am |
    • OTOH

      Other than your first 10 words, I suspect that you would be saying the same thing no matter which Cardinal had been elected.

      March 14, 2013 at 3:13 am |
    • USMC 1371

      So he is going to stop protecting the child abusers? Admit all the evil that the church has done and continues today? Tell the truth that the church is based on a fairy tell story???? Nothing new here people move on along.

      March 14, 2013 at 6:24 am |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      "The new pope's choice of the name Francis is mind-boggling"

      How so. There probably isn't a Saint more representative of Catholicism and in particular the priesthood, than Francis.

      March 14, 2013 at 12:19 pm |
    • Incontinentia Buttocks

      Polly's mind would be boggled if he named himself Benedict XVII.

      March 14, 2013 at 10:21 pm |
  12. Isaac Juliano Ufur Rihan

    thank you Jesus ,thank you Jesus,thank you for giving us the new leading pope to guide your church through out the world in Africa ,Europe,America every where your church is bless us lord and bless the new chosen pope Francis ,thank you Jesus ,Amen .

    March 14, 2013 at 2:50 am |
    • End Religion

      For those struggling, the last thing you need is the cult of religion. Just as we know turning to booze and/or drugs in tough times is not a good answer, we also know turning to fantasy is not a good idea.

      You have the strength within you to overcome your troubles. Religious folks are not concerned for your well being, they simply want converts (more people to eventually give them money). They won't ask for the money up front, and they'll seem incredibly nice to begin with but like drugs, once you're hooked it can get ugly.

      You do not need religion to be a nice person. You do not need religion to tell you right from wrong. You do not need religion to do your thinking for you. There is no heaven, no hell, no god. There is only us, hopefully treating each other the way we wish others to treat us.

      March 15, 2013 at 7:37 pm |
    • Lycidas

      You can be quite pompous ER. I don't think anyone on here has said that having a religion is required to know right from wrong or to be able to make choices.

      "There is only us"?...Define "us".

      To imply that those of religion do not care for others is no better than claiming that athiests don't care for anyone. Pure foolishness.

      March 15, 2013 at 7:41 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Lycidas says: I don't think anyone on here has said that having a religion is required to know right from wrong.

      Then you haven't been reading here much. Several frequent posters most certainly HAVE claimed so.

      March 15, 2013 at 7:45 pm |
    • End Religion

      "I don't think anyone on here has said that having a religion is required to know right from wrong"

      This is one of the most used arguments from the religious: objective moral values. Thank you for agreeing it is a fallacious argument.

      Define "us": mankind. No gods, only us.

      March 15, 2013 at 7:56 pm |
    • Lycidas

      @ER- While one does not require religion to know "right from wrong"....it does offer a base for how some define what is right from wrong. In a subjective universe, your version of right and wrong isn't superior ot inferior to a religious person's version of right and wrong now is it?

      You'll agree with me that mankind is rather limited in just about everything. That would be including what we know of our place within the universe.

      March 15, 2013 at 8:08 pm |
    • End Religion

      I would definitely say any moral system based on the bible is not as good as my moral system. The bible promotes and condones immoral behaviour.

      March 16, 2013 at 12:09 am |
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