White Smoke! A New Pope Has Been Chosen
UPDATE: 3:21 p.m. EST
On Wednesday, March 13, 76-year-old Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was selected as the new pope. Bergoglio is from Buenos Aire, Argentina and is the first non-European pope in over a thousands years. He will take the name Pope Francis.
He stands for traditional church teaching on homosexuality, though he teaches the importance of respecting individuals who are gay. He was also pointed out the hypocrisy within the Catholic Church. We have “priests who don’t baptize the children of single mothers… These are today’s hypocrites,” he said during a sermon.
In what will go down as the biggest news of the month and possibly the year, white smoke emerged from the chimney on the roof of the Sistine Chapelout of the conclave on Wednesday afternoon, signifying that a new pope has been selected.
Since Pope Benedict XVI resigned last month, there has been much discussion and speculation that the Catholic Church would take into consideration a pope that better reflected the Catholic demographic which caused some to believe that the next Pope may be of African descent.
Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, former president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, will appear on the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica to shout “Habemus Papam!” (“We have a pope!). He’ll present the new pope, who will be in white papal cassocks (three sizes are kept on reserve) and give his first blessing as pope.
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