Thursday, 14 March 2013

Pope Francis

Prayer for the New Holy Father

O God, shepherd & ruler of all the faithful,

Look favourably on your servant Francis,

Whom you have set at the head of your Church as her shepherd;

Grant, we pray, that by word and example

He may be of service to those over whom he presides

so that, together with the flock entrusted to his care,

he may come to everlasting life.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,

Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

One God, for ever and ever.


The new Pope Francis who was Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, S.J., Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Argentina was born on 17 December 1936 in Buenos Aires. He was ordained for the Jesuits on 13 December 1969 during his theological studies at the Theological Faculty of San Miguel.

 He was novice master in San Miguel, where he also taught theology. After completing his doctoral dissertation in Germany, he served as a confessor and spiritual director in Córdoba.

On 20 May 1992 he was appointed titular Bishop of Auca and Auxiliary of Buenos Aires, receiving episcopal consecration on 27 June. On 3 June 1997 was appointed Coadjutor Archbishop of Buenos Aires and succeeded Cardinal Antonio Quarracino on 28 February 1998.
He has served as President of the Bishops' Conference of Argentina

Created and proclaimed Cardinal by the Bl. John Paul II in the consistory of 21 February 2001.

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