When Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio left Buenos Aires in Argentina the other day, he did so to travel to Rome to take part n the Conclave of Cardinals to elect the new Pope to succeed Pope Benedict XVI.
The fact that he himself was elected that Pope means that he will not return to Argentina, even to pack his bags.
His home is now in Rome and he will see Argentina again only if and when he pays it a formal papal visit. That’s an interesting impact of what is literally a translation to another order and to another existence. One life is now over and another begins. There is no transition between the two.
Francis 1 is the first pope to come from the Jesuit order and, as such he is the first Francis since he has taken his papal identity from the founder of that ascetic but powerful and pragmatic order, Francis Xavier.