Man of gestures and signs, Jorge Bergoglio became the successor of Peter and lead the helm of the Church by the name of Francis I, as a way to present the message of St. Francis of Assisi, the saint of the poor.
It’s not just because of his continued preaching in favor of the needy, often visiting the parishes of the villas, where you often travel by bus, as a more-cure, but as a commitment to the reality of Latin America, the region that has more Catholics in the world and at the same time the greatest inequities in the world. His pastoral style, away from fanfare, is in tune with his concern for the dispossessed and their resistance to be mixed with the power.
You can click on the link to read more in today’s paper about the new pope who happens to be from right here in Buenos Aires.
Before being elected pope, Jorge was the Archbishop at the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral (Spanish: Catedral Metropolitana de Buenos Aires) which is the main Catholic church in Buenos Aires, Argentina. It is located in the city center, overlooking Plaza de Mayo, on the corner of San Martín and Rivadavia streets, in the San Nicolás neighbourhood. It is the mother church of the Archdiocese of Buenos Aires.
While Latin America has the largest concentration of Catholics in the world and Argentina has the largest number in Latin America, most writers agree that only about 10% of the catholic population is faithful or ‘practicing’.
You couldn’t tell that from the numbers of folks who have been out in the streets at Center City celebrating Jorge and his rise to greatness.
I guess even the Pope has some star qualities that brings out the families.
- Argentines celebrate Francis as their ‘slum pope’ (newsinfo.inquirer.net)
- Argentina’s poorest proudly celebrate Francis as one of their own – a true ‘slum pope’ (vancouversun.com)
- Catholics in Buenos Aires celebrate Argentinian pope (euronews.com)