Anti-LGBT Argentine elected as new Pope

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Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio from Buenos Aires, Argentina, has been named the new Pope, taking the regal name Pope Francis I. He is the first Jesuit to be chosen.

The new Pope is also anti-LGBT, affirming church teachings relating to homosexuality. He opposed the 2010 legislation by the Argentine government allowing same-sex couples to marry.

“Let’s not be naive, we’re not talking about a simple political battle; it is a destructive pretension against the plan of God,” wrote Bergoglio in a letter to the monasteries of Buenos Aires.

“We are not talking about a mere bill, but rather a machination of the Father of Lies that seeks to confuse and deceive the children of God.”

Bergoglio has also said that adoption by homosexuals is a form of discrimination against children, a view that Argentine president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner said was reminiscent of “Medieval times and the Inquisition.”

According to Bergoglio’s official biographer, Sergio Rubin, the new Pope specializes in the kind of pastoral work that some are saying is essential for the Church’s progress. Rubin said Bergoglio would encourage the church’s 400,000 priests to take to the streets to “capture more souls.”

Born in December 17, 1936, the Francis I is 76-years-old. He was ordained for the Jesuits on December 13, 1969, and prior to his election as pontiff, served as an Argentine Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. He has served as the Archbishop of Buenos Aries since 1998, and was elevated to the Cardinalate in 2001.

Bergoglio studied at Theological Faculty of San Miguel and received licentiate in philosophy. He speaks his native Spanish as well as Italian and German.

429Magazine

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