Habemus Papam! (meaning: We have a Pope in Latin, the official language of the Roman Catholic Church). This is what greeted me this morning when I got online. For us who belong to the Roman Catholic Church, it means that a new pope was elected by the cardinals in the conclave inside the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City.
Looking back, on February 11, 2013, Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation effective February 28, 2013 (the first pope to have done so after 700 years) because of his failing health. On March 12, 2013, the conclave started. And on this fateful day, after four times of failing to elect a pope, the conclave finally got the required two-thirds majority vote in its fifth attempt. I thought the streak would last for several days, but in God’s grace it only took two days for the College of Cardinals to elect the successor of Pope Benedict XVI; the next Fisherman who would lead the flock of the Roman Catholic Church.
And yes, sede vacante no more. Habemus Papam! We now have a Pope in the person of an Argentinean cardinal named Jorge Mario Bergoglio whose papal name is Francis I.
Forget about the scandals that plagued the Church. Let’s celebrate the election of the Holy Father, the Holy See, Bishop of Rome, Supreme Pontiff, Vicar of Christ, Servant of the Servants of God or whatever you prefer to call the Pope. I hope his election would bring new hope to the Church.