He lives in a simple apartment, cooks his own meals and rides the bus to work. When Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected Pope yesterday and instructed to sit on the throne where popes preside over their brother Cardinals, he refused and instead chose to sit on their level. He is a Jesuit who, like all Jesuits, has taken a vow of poverty. In his first act as Pope he took the name Francis after St. Francis of Assisi.
He is known as man of great humility but he has not been timid in speaking truth to the powerful. In Argentina he has advocated for the poorest of the poor while also condemning abortion and opposing same sex marriage. His witness, like the Church’s teaching, confounds the conventional political alignments and challenges all of us to meditate more deeply on the Gospel message and to live out Christ’s example in our daily lives. Here’s more from the Catholic News Service.