Posted by AzBlueMeanie:
The media's Pope-a-Palooza coverage of the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI and the convening of the conclave in Vatican City this week has been a thing to behold for its stupefying inanity. I swear, these media villagers just saw this as a ready excuse to pack a bag and fly to Italy for a Roman holiday. Nice work if you can get it.
After today, let's hope that this Pope-a-Palooza coverage is finally over (Thank God). The media villagers can return to covering celebrity murders and Princess Kate's baby-bump, and all that rot.
"Habemus Papam!" ("We have a Pope!")
Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires was named leader of
the world's 1.2 billion Catholics on Wednesday after being elected pope.
He will be known as Pope Francis I.
The 76-year-old, who has been
a cardinal since 2001, was introduced to the world – in Latin – from
the balcony of St Peter’s Basilica in front of tens of thousands
gathered in the square below.
Minutes earlier, white smoke rose above the Sistine Chapel and bells rang out across Rome, prompting cheers and wild applause.
The archbishop of Buenos Aires is the Argentine-born son of an
Italian railway worker. Seen as a compassionate conservative, he
reportedly came in second during the 2005 balloting that ultimately
elected Benedict XVI.
The Jesuit prizes simplicity and humility
and was expected to encourage priests to do shoe-leather
evangelization, according to his biographer.
Bergoglio has only one lung, the other having been removed due to infection when he was a teenager.
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The cardinals are thought to have taken five ballots to reach the two-third majority necessary for a decision.
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His appearance was heralded by a Latin announcement beginning with the phrase "Habemus Papam!" meaning, "We have a pope!"
According to CBS News, Pope Francis I: Cardinals chose 266th leader of the Roman Catholic Church: Bergoglio's chosen name, Francis, is taken from the patron saint of Italy, Saint Francis of Assissi.
Well, I'm glad one of these media villagers thought to ask since there is more than one Saint Francis.
As I have previously posted for you end-timers out there, here is an apocryphal story for you. Is the Next Pope the Last Pope? – National Review Online:
In the year 1140, an Irish bishop named Malachy visited Rome with a
group of monks. They climbed the Janiculum Hill to thank God for the
safe completion of their journey. While there (so the story goes),
Malachy had a vision in which he “saw” 111 Popes to the end of time.
Each Pope was chronicled with by a short, cryptic epigram in Latin. And
with the resignation of Benedict XVI, the last Pope on Saint Malachy’s
list is about to be elected.
Oh Noes, freak out! Get ready for the Rapture. . . or not.