Wednesday, March 13, 2013
New Pope is Latino!
Our new Pope was born in Buenos Aires on Dec. 17, 1936. He was one of five children. His parents immigrated from Southern Italy. Pope Francis is well educated, receiving Masters' degrees and obtained his license in philosophy. He taught literature and psychology as several colleges in Argentina. He studied to become a Jesuit priest and was ordained a priest in 1969. He was quickly promoted to rector of the seminary, then named Auxiliary Bishop, Bishop, and Archbishop. In 2001, Pope John Paul II, as his mentor, named him Cardinal and appointed him to several administrative positions in the Roman Curio. Pope Francis was known for his personal humility, conservatism and commitment to Social Justice for all people. He always maintained a very simple lifestyle, foregoing chauffeured driven limousines and cooking his own meals.
Pope Francis is the first Jesuit to be chosen Pope. He is also the first Latino Pope, first Pope to come from the Americas, and the first non-European Pope in 1200 years. Many are saying that Pope Francis was elected because 480 Million of the World's 1.2 Billion Catholics come from Latin America and has the largest rate of New Catholics.
Pope Francis is an advocate for the Poor. One of his famous quotes: "Extreme Poverty and unjust economic structures that cause great inequalities are violations of Human Rights.