To wrap up the Cinquecento Project coverage of tonight’s events in Piazza San Pietro, I had to let you know that a group also released pink smoke in protest of women’s continued exclusion from the priesthood.
Check out the story here.
The Cardinal formerly known as Jorge Mario Bergoglio is now Pope Francis. As I typed, Wikipedia literally updated his entry from Jorge Mario Bergoglio to Pope Francis.
Popes choose their names to represent the leadership they will bring. Pope Francesco is hopefully going to follow the tenets of San Francesco d’Assisi. I don’t know all of them, but his history is one of an open mind, a strong appreciation for all of the creatures of this world – human and non-human, and disregard for the trappings of wealth.
In other news, hearing “Hail Mary” or “Ave Maria” in Italian is the most beautiful version of the prayer I’ve heard in my short lifetime. “Ave Maria…piene di grazia…”
I tried to get a photo from tonight’s events, but haven’t seen anything pop up online yet. For now, here is a photo of the cheerful man who just greeted St. Peter’s Square as the new pope. Papa Francesco!
Benvenuto Papa Francesco!
Tonight the Catholic cardinals chose a new pope, or “Il Papa” as they call him here in Italy.
We are watching live television coverage, awaiting to know the nationality of the new Papa as well as the name he chooses. It will be interesting to watch the changes the new papal leadership has on Italy. Meanwhile, the Italian newscasters are passing time much the same as they likely are around the world, discussing the presumed front runners, making vague statements about the consequences of each front runner being elected, and discussing mundane details such as “Where will the new Papa sleep toight?” Surely not in the pontiff’s apartment already?!!