The first impact of becoming Pope Francis I

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.

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7 Responses to The first impact of becoming Pope Francis I

  1. I’d like my expectations to be confounded, but what I see is another old white guy in a frock; hopefully his more conciliatory tone about homosexuality means it won’t be a decade or more of the same old same old.

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  2. Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner didn’t waste any time in hot-footing it to the Vatican to be televised cuddling up to the Pope – such a touching scene – and it’ll be interesting to see how the Pope deals with the developing issue of his home flock’s attitude to the Falklands – and Evita mk 2′s government’s attitude to the islanders.

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    • Given the Kirchners’ avaricious habits since acquiring the reins of power, I can’t see an ascetic who traveled on buses and cooked his own dinner having anything to say to La Kirchner other than polite smalltalk.

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