Tears of Joy – Habamus Papam

Tears of Joy – Habamus Papam

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 Pope Francis 



When the white smoke finally appeared today and the bells of St Peter rang indicating the election of the 266th successor of St Peter,

I held my breath until the curtains behind the balcony parted and the announcement was made:


Cardinal Francis Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires


I didn’t know who he was; I’d never seen him before, but when he walked out on the balcony I was struck by his profound humility.


He bowed asking the people to pray silently for him, then recited the Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be– togetherwith the people— and upon his face an expression of peaceful surprise combined with wonder when he first spoke;


“As you know, the duty of the conclave was to appoint a bishop of Rome. It seems to me that my brother cardinals have chosen one who is from far away, but here I am.


“I would like to thank you for your embrace, also to … the bishops, thank you very much.


 “First and foremost, I would like to pray for our emeritus pope, Benedict XVI. Let us pray all of us together … so that he’s blessed by the lord and guarded.”



The one who is from far away– is now near to our hearts. I look forward to getting to know him in the coming days…I think he will have much to teach us…perhaps beginning with unity and humility.

With overwhelming joy, I thank the Cardinals for their sacrificial prayer and gift to the church. Together with them and the world I proclaim:


Ad Multos Annos 





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  1. Theresa
    Mar 13, 2013

    I am filled with joy too…what a wonderful day. The Blessed Mother has certainly chosen a wonderful shepherd for these times!

    • Caroline
      Mar 13, 2013

      Theresa, It seems evident that he has a deep love for the Blessed Mother..What a surprise it was to see him appear on the balcony. Quite like the Lord isn’t it? Just when everyone thought they had it figured out…
      Blessings to you always +

  2. Joyce
    Mar 13, 2013

    I, too, was so moved by the humility of Pope Francis in bowing and asking the people to pray for God’s blessing upon him. When he first appeared, I was also struck by how overwhelmed he appeared. If indeed he did take his name from the Saint of Assisi, I pray he will heed Christ’s call to repair His Church. I think he will be a wonderful shepherd for those who wish to be shepherded. For those who would continue to wallow in sin, I believe he will remind them of God’s infinite love and mercy but also His truth, which requires admission of wrong and seeking forgiveness. God bless Pope Francis! And all of us!

    • Caroline
      Mar 13, 2013

      Joyce, I wondered which Frances it was– thinking maybe as a Jesuit, it would be St Frances Xavier. I’ve since heard though, it is Frances of Assisi. Wouldn’t that be a wonderful call for him to repair Christ’s Church while modeling great humility. You’re right about him being a wonderful shepherd to those desiring repentance..People love to talk about change in the church, not so much about change of hearts.

      God Bless him. I’ve heard tomorrow he is to visit Castel Gandolfo. Wonder what Pope Emeritus Benedict would say to him? Can you imagine the prayer?
      Blessings to you Joyce +

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