Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Pope Francis' speech on election in full

Jorge Mario Bergoglio has become the first non-European Catholic Pope of the modern era.

Pope Francis as a Cardinal in 2007

Pope Francis' first words on election are believed to have been: "You know that the duty of the conclave was to give a bishop to Rome. It seems that my brother cardinals went almost to the end of the world to get him. But here we are.

"I thank you for this welcome by the diocesan community of Rome to its bishop. Thank you.
"First of all, I would like to say a prayer for our bishop emeritus, Benedict XVI.
"First of all, I would like to say a prayer for our bishop emeritus, Benedict XVI. Let us all pray together for him, let us all pray together for him so that the Lord my bless him and that the Madonna may protect him.

"And now, let us start this journey, bishop and people, bishop and people, this journey of the Church of Rome, which leads all the churches in charity, a journey of fraternity, of love, of trust among us.

"Let us always pray for us, one for the other, let us pray for the whole world, so that there may be a great fraternity.

"I hope that this journey of the church that we begin today and which my cardinal vicar, who is here with me, will help me with, may be fruitful for the evangelisation of this beautiful city.

"Now, I would like to give you a blessing, but first I want to ask you for a favour. Before the bishop blesses the people, I ask that you pray to the Lord so that he blesses me.

"In silence, let us say this prayer of you for me."
"This is the prayer of the people who are asking for the blessing of their bishop. In silence, let us say this prayer of you for me.

"Now, I will give you and the whole world a blessing, to all men and women of good will. Tomorrow I want to go to pray to the Madonna so that she protects all of Rome. Good night and have a good rest."

The Pope's first Tweet
The election of Francis was also announced on his official Twitter account with the Latin words: "Habemus Papum Franciscum" meaning: "We have Pope Francis".  

Born in Beunos Aires, he was made a cardinal in Argentina in 2001 and is the first Pope to take the name Francis. The new Pope is believed to be multi-lingual and to hold traditional positions on contentious issues within the church. His coronation could also be seen to mark a regional shift in the face of the Catholic church, with dwindling attendance in Europe contrasted with a population of 480 million Catholics in Latin America. @Taalay


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