New Pope Fran­cis Wins Sup­port

Sun Star Cebu Yearbook - - FRONT PAGE -

Jorge Ber­goglio of Ar­gentina, then 76, was elected pope on March 13, 2013, the first man from the Amer­i­cas and the first Je­suit to head the Vat­i­can.

In his first pub­lic ad­dress, the for­mer lit­er­a­ture and phi­los­o­phy teacher quickly set the tone for his pa­pacy, one of hu­mil­ity and ac­ces­si­bil­ity. “Now I would like to im­part the bless­ing, but first, first I ask a fa­vor of you. Be­fore the bishop blesses the peo­ple, I ask that you pray to the Lord that He blesses me,” he said.

From kiss­ing a se­verely dis­fig­ured man in St. Peter’s Square, to chal­leng­ing the church to be more com­pas­sion­ate, this new pope’s ac­tions quickly en­deared him to his flock.

By the end of the year, Time magazine named him its Per­son of the Year, say­ing he has “el­e­vated the heal­ing mis­sion of the church— the church as ser­vant and com­forter of hurt­ing peo­ple in an of­ten harsh world— above the doc­tri­nal po­lice work so im­por­tant to his re­cent pre­de­ces­sors.”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Philippines

© PressReader. All rights reserved.