March 14, 2013

Like most of you, I knew nothing of Jorge Cardinal Bergoglio until yesterday. Yet shortly after learning the name of the man we now call Pope Francis, I found myself in an arm wrestle with Patrick Coffin over whether his last name was pronounced “Bear-GO-lee-yo” (as the Italians would say) or (Bear-GO-glee-oh), as Patrick insisted South Americans would say.

Now, just what a Canadian like Patrick knows about the Latin American pronunciation of a first-generation Italian surname is...

March 14, 2013

If anyone says to you, "I told you so!" with regard to the election of Pope Francis, he needs to go to confession. I don't think anyone saw this one coming. Yes, the word is then-Cardinal Bergoglio finished second in the running in the last conclave (2005), but that did not seem to give anyone prescience when it came to the outcome of this conclave. Because of his age alone (76) the general consensus was he was a long-shot at best.

Looking back now in the distant past of, oh, a little...

March 13, 2013

From Vatican News Service:

Brothers and sisters good evening. 

You all know that the duty of the Conclave was to give a bishop to Rome.

It seems that my brother Cardinals have come almost to the ends of the earth to get him… but here we are. I thank you for the welcome that has come from the diocesan community of Rome.

First of all I would say a prayer pray for our Bishop Emeritus Benedict XVI..

Let us all pray together for him, that the Lord bless him and...

March 13, 2013

Details to come . . . 

March 12, 2013

I was watching live as the cardinals took their oaths and then Msgr. Marini closed the doors of the Sistine Chapel.

The camera work was impressive, and it was like something out of a movie. 

After watching the oaths, the atmosphere was so solemn that when the doors began to close, it sent chills up my spine.

Wow!

Afterwards, I found this edited version of the event.

Incidentally, "Extra omnes" is the traditional command to tell everyone except the cardinals...