Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio SJ has been elected as Supreme Pontiff and has chosen the name Francis. He is the first Latin American Pope, the first Jesuit Pope, and the first “Francis” in the pontificate.
The announcement that Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio from Argentina has been elected the 266th pope for the Roman Catholic Church has been welcomed by the National Council of Churches in Australia.
Statement from President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and Archbishop of Melbourne Denis Hart on election of Pope Francis.
Catholic News Service, 13 March: Argentine Cardinal Jorge Maria Bergoglio, 76, has been elected the 266th pope, taking the name Francis.
Blue Mountains Gazette news report on the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta’s proposed residential project at Springwood.
An app that sends a text message or email when white smoke rises from the Vatican has inspired the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference’s Communications office to develop aussiepopealarm.com.
Vatican Information Service: 12 March - At 7:42pm, black smoke rose from the chimney installed on the roof of the Sistine Chapel signalling that the Cardinal electors have not elected a new Pope in the first ballot of the Conclave.
Caritas Australia CEO Jack de Groot has shared his analysis on the front runners in the Papal election with ABC News 24.
Three local Catholics at St Patrick’s Blacktown and St Andrew the Apostle Marayong Parishes have featured in SBS TV News segment on the next Pope.
The eighth General Congregation of the College of Cardinals has decided that the Conclave will begin on Tuesday 12 March 2013.