Its way too early to say anything of course, but when one considers the False Prophet prophecies and then this pope, whom "Saint" Malchy believes is will be the end of a Papacy (see below), things look very interesting!
Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina, the humble 76-year-old son of a railway worker, was up bright and early on his first day as pontiff, visiting a church in Rome for private prayers.
The changes he is expected to bring to the Catholic Church are not likely to affect doctrine. Francis is a doctrinal conservative like his predecessors Benedict XVI and John Paul II. Where he may make his mark is in his personal commitment to issues of inequality, including poverty and globalization, as well as in tapping his outsider status at the Vatican to promote reform.
There is an expectation that the first non-European pope for nearly 1,300 years and the first pontiff from the Americas could clear up the intrigue-ridden Curia, the powerful governing body of the Holy See.
"Revolution at St. Peter's" said a headline in La Repubblica, with the Italian daily greeting Bergoglio’s election as the expression of a "geographic and cultural upheaval" for the Vatican.
A POPE FOR REFORM?
The election of Francis is being interpreted as a victory for reform-minded cardinals – prominent among them Americans such as Timothy Dolan of New York and Sean O’Malley of Boston – who were dismayed by the allegations of corruption and feuding in the Curia that emerged from the Vatileaks scandal last year, when Benedict’s butler was caught stealing and leaking confidential documents.
It was a defeat for Odilo Scherer, the archbishop of Sao Paolo in Brazil, who was the favored candidate of a bloc of cardinals, many of them Italian and working inside the Curia, who were highly resistant to reform, Vatican watchers said.
The fact that Francis is a Jesuit also may herald sweeping changes to the Holy See. The Jesuits have a reputation for rigorous and independent thought and for taking seriously their vows of poverty.
His decision to adopt the name Francis, recalling the asceticism of St. Francis of Assisi, was interpreted as hugely significant and another clue as to the direction in which he may try to steer the church.
Chris Bain, the chief executive of Cafod, a Catholic aid agency, was in St. Peter’s Square when white smoke puffed from the chimney on top of the Sistine Chapel and, an hour later, when the new pope made his first public appearance by stepping out onto the balcony of the imposing basilica.
He comes from a working-class background – before emigrating to Italy, his father was a railway worker from Portacomaro, near the town of Asti in the northwestern region of Piedmont.
While Benedict was renowned for his love of soft red leather loafers, which were hand made for him by cobblers in Rome, and ermine-lined vestments, Francis is likely to bring a very different approach to the trappings of office.
When he was made a cardinal by John Paul II in 2001, his congregation collected money so they could accompany him on his trip to Rome. But he asked them all to stay at home in Argentina, to give the collection to the poor, and to let him travel to the Vatican on his own, noted Corriere della Sera, one of Italy’s leading newspapers, this morning.
“It will be a challenge to live this sort of simple lifestyle in the Apostolic Palace," says Fr. Reese. "I doubt this is the sort of pope who likes silk and furs. This may be very threatening to the papal court, especially those who like to dress up."
AN ENORMOUS CHALLENGE
His reform-minded backers will expect him to do what his predecessor, Benedict, failed to do – tackle the dysfunction in the Curia, an issue that loomed large in the conclave, the secretive process by which Francis was elected by his 114 fellow cardinals in the Sistine Chapel.
He also faces the enormous challenge of rebuilding the church’s credibility on the issue of pedophile priests. Sex-abuse scandals have rocked the church worldwide in the last decade, beginning in the United States in 2002.
“The crisis was caused by secrecy, by cardinals promising not to reveal anything that would dishonor the church,” says Anne Barrett Doyle, the co-director of Bishop Accountability, a US-based watchdog that has tracked the scandal of predatory priests. “The most powerful thing a new pope could do would be to fire bishops who enabled child sex abuse to be committed by priests. If he chose 15 to 20 bishops, that would strike terror into many church officials.”
On doctrinal matters, however, conservatives have nothing to fear from the Jesuit pope. “He’s in total continuity with Benedict and John Paul II on theology and church teaching. We are not going to see women being ordained or approval for gay marriage,” says Reese.
“He’s very progressive on social justice issues and rights for the poor. He fought the Argentinian government on cutting benefits for poor people. He’s very concerned about the impact of globalization on workers in the developing world. This is not a candidate from Wall Street.”
Jon O’Brien, president of Catholics for Choice, said in a statement: “We welcome Pope Francis and look forward to hearing about his priorities in the coming days. We do not expect very many changes, but sincerely hope that the culture will change to better reflect the needs of the church and of Catholics.
“We recall with fondness Pope John XXIII, who confronted the troubles of his day by convening the Second Vatican Council ‘to open the windows of the church to let in some fresh air.’ Pope Francis needs to go even farther and throw open the Vatican’s doors to shed some light on a bureaucracy that has allowed the management of the Vatican Bank and the sexual abuse crisis to get completely out of hand.”
A POPE WHO TANGOS?
The debate on what sort of pope Francis will be, and what he has in mind for the church, is only just beginning. Meanwhile, intriguing tidbits are emerging about the man himself. It turns out that he is a fan of tango, for instance.
"I love tango and I used to dance when I was young," he told the authors of an authorized biography, The Jesuit, published in Spanish in 2010.
Aside from speaking French, Italian, English, German, and his native Spanish, he has a smattering of Piedmontese dialect from his family’s ancestral land, we are told.
His favorite painting is The White Crucifixion, painted by Marc Chagall in 1938, which shows Jesus being crucified on the cross, wearing a prayer shawl as a symbol that he is Jewish.
He even had a girlfriend in his youth. “She was part of a group of friends with whom I used to go dancing,” he told the authors of the biography. “But then I discovered my religious vocation.”
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167 Celestine II (1143-1144) 1 Ex castro Tyberis
(from a castle on the Tiber)
Hist.: Celestin II was born in Citta di Castello, Toscany, on the shores of the Tiber
168 Lucius II (1144-1145) 2 Inimicus expulsus 169 Eugene III (1145-1153) 3 Ex magnitudine montis
(Of the greatness of the mount)
Hist.: Born in the castle of Grammont (latin: mons magnus), his family name was Montemagno
170 Anastasius IV (1153-1154) 4 Abbas Suburranus 171 Adrian IV (1154-1159) 5 De rure albo
(field of Albe)
Hist.: Born in the town of Saint-Alban
Antipope Victor IV (1159-1164) 6 Ex tetro carcere Antipope Paschal III (1164-1168) 7 Via trans-Tyberina Antipope Calistus III (1168-1178) 8 De Pannonia Tusciæ 172 Alexander III (1159-1181) 9 Ex ansere custode 173 Lucius III (1181-1185) 10 Lux in ostio 174 Urban III (1185-1187) 11 Sus in cribo 175 Gregory VIII (1187) 12 Ensis Laurentii 176 Clement III (1187-1191) 13 De schola exiet 177 Celestine III (1191-1198) 14 De rure bovensi 178 Innocent III (1198-1216) 15 Comes signatus
Hist.: descendant of the noble Signy, later called Segni family
179 Honorius III (1216-1227) 16 Canonicus de latere 180 Gregory IX (1227-1241) 17 Avis Ostiensis
(Bird of Ostia)
Hist.: before his election he was Cardinal of Ostia
181 Celestine IV (1241) 18 Leo Sabinus 182 Innocent IV (1243-1254) 19 Comes Laurentius 183 Alexander IV (1254-1261) 20 Signum Ostiense 184 Urban IV (1261-1264) 21 Hierusalem Campaniæ
(Jerusalem of Champagne)
Hist.: native of Troyes, Champagne, later patriarch of Jerusalem
185 Clement IV (1265-1268) 22 Draca depressus 186 Gregory X (1271-1276) 23 Anguinus vir 187 Innocent V (1276) 24 Concionatur Gallus 188 Adrian V (1276) 25 Bonus Comes 189 John XXI (1276-1277) 26 Piscator Tuscus 190 Nicholas III (1277-1280) 27 Rosa composita 191 Martin IV (1281-1285) 28 Ex teloneo liliacei Martini 192 Honorius IV (1285-1287) 29 Ex rosa leonina 193 Nicholas IV (1288-1292) 30 Picus inter escas 194 Nicholas IV (1288-1292) 31 Ex eremo celsus
(elevated from a hermit)
Hist.: prior to his election he was a hermit in the monastery of Pouilles
195 Boniface VIII (1294-1303) 32 Ex undarum benedictione 196 Benedict XI (1303-1304) 33 Concionator patereus 197 Clement V (1305-1314) 34 De fessis Aquitanicis
(ribbon of Aquitaine)
Hist.: was archbishop of Bordeaux in Aquitaine
198 John XXII (1316-1334) 35 De sutore osseo
(of the cobbler of Osseo)
Hist.: Family name Ossa, son of a shoe-maker
Antipope Nicholas V (1328-1330) 36 Corvus schismaticus
(the schismatic crow)
Note the reference to the schism, the only antipope at this period
199 Benedict XII (1334-1342) 37 Frigidus Abbas
Hist.: he was a priest in the monastery of Frontfroid (coldfront)
200 Clement VI (1342-1352) 38 De rosa Attrebatensi 201 Innocent VI (1352-1362) 39 De montibus Pammachii 202 Urban V (1362-1370) 40 Gallus Vice-comes 203 Gregory XI (1370-1378) 41 Novus de Virgine forti
(novel of the virgin fort)
Hist.: count of Beaufort, later Cardinal of Ste-Marie La Neuve
Antipope Clement VII (1378-1394) 42 De cruce Apostilica Antipope Benedict XIII (1394-1423) 43 Luna Cosmedina Antipope Clement VIII (1423-1429) 44 Schisma Barcinonicum 204 Urban VI (1378-1389) 45 De Inferno pregnani(From the hell of Pregnani)
Hist.: He was a town called Inferno in the region of Pregnani.
205 Boniface IX (1389-1404) 46 Cubus de mixtione 206 Innocent VII (1404-1406) 47 De meliore sydere 207 Gregory XII (1406-1415) 48 Nauta de ponte nigro Antipope Alexander V (1409-1410) 49 Flagellum Solis Antipope John XXIII (1410-1415) 50 Cervus Sirenæ 208 Martin V (1417-1431) 51 Corona veli aurei 209 Eugene IV (1431-1447) 52 Lupa cælestina Antipope Felix V (1439-1449) 53 Amator crucis 210 Nicholas V (1447-1455) 54 De modicitate lunæ 211 Callistus III (1455-1458) 55 Bos pascens
Hist.: Alphonse Borgia's arms sported a golden grazing ox
212 Pius II (1458-1464) 56 De capra et Albergo 213 Paul II (1464-1471) 57 De cervo et Leone 214 Sixtus IV (1471-1484) 58 Piscator Minorita 215 Innocent VIII (1484-1492) 59 Præcursor Siciliæ 216 Alexander VI (1492-1503) 60 Bos Albanus in portu 217 Pius III (1503) 61 De parvo homine 218 Julius II (1503-1513) 62 Fructus jovis juvabit 219 Leo X (1513-1521) 63 De craticula Politiana 220 Adrian VI (1522-1523) 64 Leo Florentius 221 Clement VII (1523-1534) 65 Flos pilæi ægri 222 Paul III (1534-1549) 66 Hiacynthus medicorum 223 Julius III (1550-1555) 67 De corona Montana 224 Marcellus II (1555) 68 Frumentum floccidum 225 Paul IV (1555-1559) 69 De fide Petri 226 Pius IV (1559-1565) 70 Æsculapii pharmacum 227 St. Pius V (1566-1572) 71 Angelus nemorosus 228 Gregory XIII (1572-1585) 72 Medium corpus pilarum 229 Sixtus V (1585-1590) 73 Axis in medietate signi 230 Urban VII (1590) 74 De rore cæli 231 Gregory XIV (1590-1591) 75 De antiquitate Urbis 232 Innocent IX (1591) 76 Pia civitas in bello 233 Clement VIII (1592-1605) 77 Crux Romulea 234 Leo XI (1605) 78 Undosus Vir 235 Paul V (1605-1621) 79 Gens perversa 236 Gregory XV (1621-1623) 80 In tribulatione pacis 237 Urban VIII (1623-1644) 81 Lilium et rosa 238 Innocent X (1644-1655) 82 Jucunditas crucis 239 Alexander VII (1655-1667) 83 Montium custos 240 Clement IX (1667-1669) 84 Sydus Olorum
(constellation of swans)
Hist.: upon his election, he was apparently the occupant of the Chamber of Swans in the Vatican.
241 Clement X (1670-1676) 85 De flumine magno 242 Innocent XI (1676-1689) 86 Bellua insatiabilis 243 Alexander VIII (1689-1691) 87 Pœnitentia gloriosa 244 Innocent XII (1691-1700) 88 Rastrum in porta 245 Clement XI (1700-1721) 89 Flores circumdati 246 Innocent XIII (1721-1724) 90 De bona Religione 247 Benedict XIII (1724-1730) 91 Miles in bello 248 Clement XII (1730-1740) 92 Columna excelsa 249 Benedict XIV (1740-1758) 93 Animal rurale 250 Clement XIII (1758-1769) 94 Rosa Umbriæ 251 Clement XIV (1769-1774) 95 Ursus velox 252 Pius VI (1775-1799) 96 Peregrinus Apostolicus 253 Pius VII (1800-1823) 97 Aquila rapax 254 Leo XII (1823-1829) 98 Canis et coluber 255 Pius VIII (1829-1830) 99 Vir religiosus 256 Gregory XVI (1831-1846) 100 De balneis hetruriæ
(bath of Etruria)
Hist.: prior to his election he was member of an order founded by Saint Romuald, at Balneo, in Etruria, present day Toscany.
257 Pius IX (1846-1878) 101 Crux de cruce
(Cross of Crosses)
Hist.:Pius XI was the last Pope to reign over the Papal States (the middle third of what is today Italy). He ended up being a prisoner of the Vatican, never venturing outside Vatican City. A much heavier burden than his predecessors.
258 Leo XIII (1878-1903) 102 Lumen in cælo<BR.>(Light in the Heavens)
Hist.: Leo XIII wrote encyclicals on Catholic social teaching that were still being digested 100 years later. He added considerably to theology.
259 St. Pius X (1903-1914) 103 Ignis ardens
Hist.: The Pope had great personal piety and achieved a number of important reforms in the devotional and liturgical life of priests and laypeople.
260 Benedict XV (1914-1922) 104 Religio depopulata
(Religion laid waste)
Hist.: This Pope reigned during the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia which store the establishment of Communism.
261 Pius XI (1922-1939) 105 Fides intrepida
Hist.: This Pope stood up to Fascist and Communist forces lining up against him in the lead up to World War II.
262 Pius XII (1939-1958) 106 Pastor angelicus
Hist.: This Pope was very mystical, and is believed to have received visions. People would kneel when they received telephone calls from him. His encyclicals add enormously to the understanding of Catholic beliefs (even if they are now overlooked because of focus on the Second Vatican Council, which occurred so soon after his reign).
263 John XXIII (1958-1963) 107 Pastor et Nauta
(pastor and marine)
Hist.: prior to his election he was patriarch of Venice, a marine city, home of the gondolas
264 Paul VI (1963-1978) 108 Flos florum
(flower of flowers)
Hist.: his arms displayed three lilies.
265 John Paul I (1978) 109 De medietate Lunæ
(of the half of the moon)
Hist.: Albino Luciani, born in Canale d'Agardo, diocese of Belluno, (beautiful moon) Elected pope on August 26, his reign lasted about a month, from half a moon to the next half...
266 John Paul II (1978-2005) 110 De labore Solis
(of the eclipse of the sun, or from the labour of the sun)
Hist.: Karol Wojtyla was born on May 18, 1920 during a solar eclipse. He also comes from behind the former Iron Curtain (the East, where the Sun rises). He might also be seen to be the fruit of the intercession of the Woman Clothed with the Sun labouring in Revelation 12 (because of his devotion to the Virgin Mary). His Funeral occurred on 8 April, 2005 when there was a solar eclipse visible in the Americas.
267 Benedict XVI (2005-) 111 Gloria olivæ
The Benedictine order traditionally said this Pope would come from their order, since a branch of the Benedictine order is called the Olivetans. St Benedict is said to have prophesied that before the end of the world, a member of his order would be Pope and would triumphantly lead the Church in its fight against evil. While the Holy Father chose the name "Benedict", this does not seem enough to fulfil the prophecy. Nor is it clear how Benedict XVI (a Bavarian) is "Glory of the Olives". Since he is said to have remarked in the Conclave after saying he would take the name Benedict that it was partly to honour Benedict XV, a pope of peace and reconciliation, perhaps Benedict XVI will be a peacemaker in the Church or in the World, and thus carry the olive branch.
In persecutione extrema S.R.E. sedebit Petrus Romanus, qui pascet oves in multis tribulationibus: quibus transactis civitas septicollis diruetur, & Judex tremêdus judicabit populum suum. Finis.
(In extreme persecution, the seat of the Holy Roman Church will be occupied by Peter the Roman, who will feed the sheep through many tribulations, at the term of which the city of seven hills will be destroyed, and the formidable Judge will judge his people. The End.)
I'm not saying nothing........ Join thinking out loud!
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