Thursday 14 March 2013
Quite a week for Argentina
Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires is the new leader of the Roman Catholic church. He was elected yesterday surprising the world with a series of pontiff firsts: a Jesuit from Latin America who chose a name honoring St. Francis of Assisi; a nobleman who gave up his riches and chose a life of poverty and prayer. The new pope also prizes compassion, humility and simplicity — so much that he gave up his chauffeur in Argentina and apparently lives a frugal and austere life, cooking simple meals for himself and travelling on the bus.
Pope Francis is also said to be a football supporter and he may well have enjoyed the Barcelona AC Milan game the other day. Fellow countryman Lionel Messi scored two of the four winning goals in the game making Barcelona the first team in Champions League history to overturn a two-goal first-leg deficit without having scored an away goal. Whatever that means…..