First non-European (with the exception of Peter and some other very early Popes). First Latin American. First Jesuit. First Francis. Nobody saw this coming. Marvelous!
I don’t know anything about him, but what I saw I liked very much. The Global South is starting to make its impact felt on the consciousness of us self-absorbed first worlders. Thanks be to God!
God bless him to do his work through Christ our Lord.
I wonder which, if any, Francis he has in mind? I suspect he has several rolled up in the name, most prominently Francis of Assisi and Francis Xavier.
I love, love, love that he asked for the prayers of the Church before blessing us. I loved the glory of a billion people praying the Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be along with him all over the world. I loved receiving a papal blessing through my computer, along with everybody else. Wonderful!
Update: When I want to know what’s going on in Rome, I always turn to John Allen Jr., the best writer in English on things Vaticany. Here’s his take on then-Cardinal Bergoglio.