Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Cardinal Bergoglio of Argentina announced as new Pope

Photo by Jonny Barber
White smoke billowed from the Sistine Chapel chimney shortly after 1800 GMT, signalling the election of a new Pope. Cardinal Bergoglio of Argentina has been elected as the new head of the Catholic Church.
Crowds in Vatican City cheered and bells rang out as the announcement was made on the balcony of St Peter's Basilica. He will replace Pope Benedict XVI, who stepped down last month saying he was no longer strong enough to lead the Church.
Pope Francis (as he has chosen to be called) wore an unadorned white robe as the announcement was made, as a blanket a fresh snow adorned a statue at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception on Colfax Avenue this morning. Pope Francis, 76, is the first of that name and the first Jesuit to be elected leader of the Roman Catholic Church.
Pope John Paul II visited Colfax Avenue in 1993 during World Youth Day. That same day, a few blocks away, a woman was picked up on Colfax and assaulted. Ah, Colfax...

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