On March 13, 2013, the College of Cardinals elected Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina as our new Holy Father, Pope Francis. He is a Jesuit priest and is known for working with the poor and being a simple, humble man. Much has been made of Pope Francis cooking his own meals, living in a small modest apartment and using public transportation. A true man of the people.
God and the Holy Spirit always know what’s best for us. This choice of Bergoglio says volumes. This humble man of God took the name of St. Francis who was called by God to reform the Church. What will Pope Francis do? Will he change the Church’s teachings on contraception or married priests? Will we see women deacons? What reforms will he institute?
Of course, it’s too early to make assumptions on what our Holy Father will do. But, I am impressed with him already. He went this morning to his hotel room, packed his own bags, paid his own bill and walked back to the Vatican. A simple man. A man that we need as Pope for these complicated times.
I thank God for the gift of Pope Francis to the Catholic Church and the world. I pray that this holy and humble bishop will lead our Church with grace, compassion and wisdom. God bless Pope Francis!