Among his first words, before his blessing:
“In silence, pray for me now.”
So let’s do it….
O Lord Jesus Christ,
Supreme Pastor of your Church,
we thank you for the fresh gift of
of a universal shepherd, Pope Francis I,
Successor of Peter, and your Vicar on earth.
who founded your
Church on the rock
of Peter’s faith
and have never left
your flock untended,
look with love upon us
and sustain your
Church in faith, hope,
Grant, Lord Jesus,
your boundless love
to our new Pope
that he may please you by his holiness
and lead us faithfully to you,
who are the same yesterday, today, and forever. Amen.
©February 2013, Knights of Columbus Supreme Chaplain Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore (adapted from original)
READ A BIO of this new Pope:
While there are still no tracking polls to establish who’s got legs as a papal candidate, the 2013 conclave at least has one objective measure not available in 2005: past performance. Many of the cardinals seen as candidates now were also on offer the last time around, and someone who had traction eight years ago could be a contender again.
By that measure alone, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, Argentina, at least merits a look.
After the dust settled from the election of Benedict XVI, various reports identified the Argentine Jesuit as the main challenger to then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger. One cardinal later said the conclave had been “something of a horse race” between Ratzinger and Bergoglio, and an anonymous conclave diary splashed across the Italian media in September 2005 claimed that Bergoglio received 40 votes on the third ballot, just before Ratzinger crossed the two-thirds threshold and became pope. Read more…