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In Silence . . . Out of Respect

We could all take a lesson from Pope Francis.  In an address to the media, Pope Francis spoke of the importance of the media in the world today.  He thanked them for their “hard work” over the past few days.  He spoke of how he chose the name Francis.  He wished the media, their work and their families well.

When our new Pope gave his apostolic blessing, he did so – in silence – out of respect.  He did so in silence out of respect for those who are not of the Catholic faith and those who don’t believe at all.  “I respect the conscience of each one of you”, he said, “knowing that each one of you is a Child of God.  May God bless you”.

My initial feeling after reading the article by Vatican Radio was of excitement.  Excitement for the direction the Catholic church is heading under Pope Francis’s leadership.  Excitement for the world who has a living example of charity, humility, and respect for all.  In three days Pope Francis has already shown us how we should be as true Christians.

According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, the term Christian means “one who professes belief in the teachings of Jesus Christ.”  It saddens me to read or hear someone describe his- or herself as Christian and then curse someone else and condemn that someone to Hell.  The teachings of Christ are not hateful, vulgar, or disrespectful.  Jesus taught us charity, humility, and respect for all.  Not just respect for people who share our beliefs.  Respect for all of God’s children . . . especially those who don’t believe they are of God.

“Don’t judge me because I sin differently than you.” (Dieter F. Uchtdorf)

It’s true and something we should all live by.

May God bless you today and always,

Habemus Papam

Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters
The New York Times

What better way to start a new blog than to say, “HABEMUS PAPAM!” We have a new Pope! Not just a new Pope, we have the first Jesuit pope, the first Pope from the Americas, the first Pope in more than 1,000 years to hail from outside of Europe, and the first Pope since the year 914 to use a saint’s name never chosen before.

With a new pope elected comes many questions from non-Catholics.  Someone asked me why cardinals change their names when they become Pope.  That was a good question because I thought it was just a tradition, but I did not know if there was any biblical significance.  So I did a little research.

It turns out that it is just a tradition that began with Pope John II, born with the name Mercurius after the Roman god, Mercury.  When elevated to Pope in 533, he changed his name to John II and rid himself of the pagan god’s name.

Most popes since then have changed their names, but in the 10th century, it became customary for popes to take the name of saints or previous popes (or both).  Every pope elected since the 16th century has done so.

And now our new pope, Pope Francis I took the name of St. Francis of Assisi.  And quite fitting I might add.  Much like St. Francis of Assisi, Pope Francis I chose to live a humble life as Jorge Mario Cardinal Bergoglio of Argentina, a life of humility and commitment to the poor and sick.

How exciting to have a new Pope, a very humble leader to guide us in faith and the New Evangelization!

May God bless you,

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