Today Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina was elected by his brother cardinals to fill the shoes of St Peter. He is now Pope Francis I. Besides the first to take that name, he is also the first non-European to ascend to the Holy See and the first Jesuit to do so.
As Archbishop of Buenos Aires he called upon his congregation to fight the "homosexual marriage" bill there in 2009, calling it a "machination of the father of lies". Pro-life leaders expressed hopefulness in the wake of his election, which I share.
Now let us lift Pope Francis in prayer, as many will look on him with malevolence - and some of those evil eyes will be in the Vatican itself. Let us pray that he will stand as did Peter as he commences the house-cleaning that is so sorely needed.
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