Thursday, March 14, 2013
The white smoke appeared on Wednesday, signalling that the conclave had chosen Argentinian Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio to be the new head of the Catholic Church.
At around 2 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, Mary Bachinski, a Maryland Heights resident and owner of Catholic Gifts and Books in Chesterfield, received a call with from her sister with some exciting news. White smoke had been spotted at the Vatican. Bachinski hollered out to everyone in the store “We’ve got a new pope!” prompting squeals of excitement and sending people reaching for their phones. A lifelong Catholic, Bachinski said the College of Cardinals selection of Jose Bergoglio was a surprise, but added she trusts that they went with the best choice. In any case, she called the news a blessing. “It’s wonderful to have our leader in place,” she said, especially as the church's biggest holiday, Easter, draws closer. The selection of the …
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
The Ballwin native who did his seminary study in South St. Louis County was seen by some as a candidate to become the first American to head the Catholic Church. The College of Cardinals elected Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina Wednesday.
After five total rounds of voting at the Vatican, the college of Cardinals elected Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina to become Pope Wednesday. Pope Francis, as the new Pontiff will be known, succeeds Benedict XVI, who became the first Pope to resign in 600 years. There had been speculation prior to the start of the conclave that the Roman Catholic Church was ready to elect an American as Pope. New York Archbishop Timothy Cardinal Dolan, a Ballwin native, was seen by some as that person. Dolan attended Holy Infant Church and School in Ballwin and attended Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in Shrewsbury. When her son was elevated to the position of Cardinal in February 2012, Shirley Dolan, told the New York Daily News he was "born to be a priest." …
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Pope Benedict XVI will use the Twitter handle @Pontifex, which means "bridge builder" in Latin, to Tweet to his millions of followers in eight languages.
The New York Times reports that Pope Benedict XVI sent his first Twitter message on Wednesday, saying: “Dear friends, I am pleased to get in touch with you through Twitter. Thank you for your generous response. I bless all of you from my heart.” Pope Benedict XVI will use the Twitter handle @Pontifex, which means "bridge builder" in Latin, to Tweet to his millions of followers in eight languages. During the day, the pope will be responding via Twitter to questions that include the hashtag #Askpontifex, the Times storys ays. What would you ask Pope Benedict XVI on Twitter? Have you already? Is the pope being on Twitter a good or bad thing?