The media and major blogs are alive with all kinds of information about our new pontiff, Pope Francis I. So I will leave it to all of them to report on all that is known about our new Pope and how he has humbly lead his flock in Argentina...and what we may expect going forward.
Personally, I tend to be a person who focuses not so much what one says, but what one does. So, there was something that immediately caught my eye today when the Pope was first introduced. As he stepped out onto the loggia balcony of the Basilica overlooking St. Peter's Square all he was wearing was the papal white cassock and a simple cross...and no other ornamentation.
Did you notice how this contrasted with the robes worn by Benedict XVI when he was first introduced in 2005?
Only when Francis bestowed the blessing upon the City and the World did he place the red ornate stole over his shoulders and at the conclusion of the prayer quickly removed it. All this only after he asked all those gathered to pray for him in a moment of silence.
Nothing against our beloved retired Pope, but by Francis' first actions in public and even his choice of papal name, could lead one to hope that we have a pontiff that is focused on the Gospel message...and indeed, that may be the good news some one billion Catholics have been hoping for.