Dearborn Reacts to Election of New Pope, Francis I
The white smoke appeared on Wednesday, signaling the conclave had chosen Argentinian Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio to be the new head of the Catholic Church.
A new pope has been named to lead the Roman Catholic Church.
Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, 76, of Argentina, has been elected the 266th pope and is the first pope from Latin America.
Bergoglio is the son of middle-class Italian immigrants and became the first Jesuit archbishop of Buenos Aires in 1998 and was appointed cardinal three years later, according to the Washington Post. The article stated that Bergoglio leans to the conservative side on doctrinal and spiritual issues and opposes abortion and supports celibacy among priest.
He will take the name of Pope Francis, according to the Huffington Post.
Despite not having a front runner, in one of the fastest conclaves in years, Bergoglio received the necessary minimum of two-thirds (77) of the 115 votes on the fifth ballot, reported the Detroit News. The article stated that The Archdiocese of Detroit plans a special service Wednesday afternoon to celebrate the election of the new Pope, with time and place to be announced.
Dearborn residents shared their thoughts on Patch's Facebook page following the announcement:
- Craig Frost: same outdated nonsense
- Kevin Kennedy: His first request was to ask the people to pray for him. That says a lot.
- Joe Caruso: Prayer of St. Francis: Make me a channel of your peace. Here's to hope.
- Rose M Humitz: He took a great name, great things to come, excited
- Alaa Alemara: I like his name may god bless him and all the Muslims, Christians, Catholics, Jews and all people in general.
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