Cardinals Elect New Pope; St. Anne's Plans Mass
Argentinian Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio will succeed Benedict; a Mass of thanksgiving is scheduled for Wednesday night at St. Anne's Catholic Church.
As Catholics around the world received word that a new pope had been elected, St. Anne's Catholic Church in Oswego got ready to celebrate.
On Wednesday, white smoke was released from the Sistine Chapel chimney, signaling the election of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, 76, of Buenos Aires as the 226th pope.
According to St. Anne's website, mass will be celebrated at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the chapel, 551 Boulder Hill Pass.
Taking the name Pope Francis, the new pontiff spoke from the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica, offering up a blessing for Pope Benedict XVI, who announced his resignation last month.
Medow said he was moved by what he called the new pope’s “humble and faithful gesture” as he addressed his flock, asking “all men and women of goodwill” to pray for him and help him lead the Catholic Church
“In his first appearance as Pope Francis and in the words he spoke, he certainly won my heart immediately,” Medow said, adding that, “trusting the Holy Spirit, we can expect great things” from the new leader..
According to CNN, Pope Francis is the third straight non-Italian pope.