SPEAK OUT: Cardinals Pick Bergoglio, Now Pope Francis
Catholics around the world celebrate the selection; will it impact the church in Loudoun or elsewhere?
The College of Cardinals at the Vatican in Rome has chosen Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, of Argentina, as the new pope. White smoke rose from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel, the traditional signal that the selection has been made, shortly after 2 p.m. today (a little after 7 p.m. in Rome).
According to his Vatican bio, Bergoglil, who will be known as Pope Francis, was born Dec. 17, 1936, in Buenos Aires; he was ordained for the Jesuits Dec. 13, 1969. Bergolgio served as President of the Bishops' Conference of Argentina from November 2005 until November 2011.
The name of the church’s new leader remained a mystery for about an hour until he appeared on the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica.. St. John the Apostle Roman Catholic Church in Leesburg and St. Theresa Catholic Church in Ashburn are two of Loudoun’s parishes awaiting the name.
What are the greatest challenges the new pope will face? What will it mean here in Loudoun? What do you think of the choice? Speak out in the comments below and let us know what you think.