New Pope Unsuccessful Runner-Up Last Time When Benedict Was
New Pope Unsuccessful Runner-Up Last Time When Benedict Was Elected
by Steve Eastman, Faith Issues
Although Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio was not publically considered a likely choice, The National Catholic Register reports he was in a close race last time when Joseph Ratzinger was elected.
Pope Francis is the first Jesuit elected Pope and the first Pope from North America. He was most recently a Cardinal from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Even though the Jesuit Order was charged with fighting the Reformation, The London Independent reports Bergoglio is from an evangelical background. The 76 year-old clergyman has a Masters degree in chemistry.
Followers of the Prophecy of Saint Malachy may be wondering if Francis matches the description of Petrus Romanus. Tom Horn and Cris Putnam, authors of the book by the same name, say Francis can truly be considered a Roman because he was born of Italian parents. Malachy, a 12th centruy Irish Bishop, wrote this about the Petrus Romanus:
"Peter the Roman, who will pasture his sheep in many tribulations, and when these things are finished, the city of seven hills will be destroyed, and the dreadful judge will judge his people. The End."
A lot of seeming conflicting information is coming in at this time about Pope Francis. It will probably be a few days or longer, before we have a more complete idea of who he is.
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