The former Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenes Aires becomes our 266th pope and we join him in praying for unity and peace.
I’m excited about him being a Jesuit since I work for a Jesuit ministry, Loyola Press, and attended Jesuit schools for 12 years! Ignatian spirituality resonates with so many people and it’s wonderful to have a pope who understands the notion of finding God in all things!
I was struck by a variety of things:
- First, that the pope is led to the balcony by the Cross of Jesus Christ who is our true leader. Our processions are always led by the Cross, not by an individual!
- The Holy Father wore the simple white cassock.
- He chose the name Francis which invokes not only Francis of Assisi but also Francis Xavier, another great Jesuit. It will be interesting to see what the Holy Father says about why he chose that name and which saint he may have had in mind.
- He asked for our prayers before he prayed for us.
- He invited us all to pray the Our Father, Hail, Mary, and Glory Be, showing how Catholics can pray in a manner that joins all of our voices together as one!
What else? What struck you? What are your thoughts?