Pope Francis I: What Do You Think of Choice?
A new chapter begins for the Catholic church, but will it mean change or a continuation of what we know now? Tell us your thoughts in the comment box below.
So, we have a new pope: Francis I, who is 76, Argentinian and said to be a humble man who has eschewed such luxuries as being driven around by limos in favor of public transportation. Interestingly, he trained as a chemist, didn't become a priest until he was 32 and is a Jesuit.
Here are a few stories you might find helpful in terms of learning more about him.
Tell us what you think of his selection in the comment box below.
When NPR was profiling potential popes in 2005, the year Benedict was chosen, it wrote that Bergoglio was:
"Trained as a chemist ... became a priest when he was 32 and an archbishop in 1998. Bergoglio is a Jesuit, which would make him an unusual and perhaps controversial choice for the papacy. His academic credentials abound: He pursued theological studies in Germany, has published three books and has served as grand chancellor of The Catholic University in Argentina. Bergoglio has been praised as being a 'good pastor' with a 'strong capacity for governance with unusual gifts of humility.' Indeed, the archbishop shuns a chauffeur-driven limousine, in favor of public transportation."
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