The ABC reports on the first blessing of the new pope.
Pope Francis, the former Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina, delivered his first blessing and message to Rome and the world about an hour after his election as successor of Benedict XVI.
Here is a transcript of his first words as Pope as translated from Italian:
“Brothers and sisters, good evening.
“You know that the duty of the conclave was to give a bishop to Rome. It seems that my brother cardinals went almost to the end of the world to get him. But here we are.
“I thankyou for this welcome by the diocesan community of Rome to its bishop. Thank you.
“First of all, I would like to say a prayer for our bishop emeritus, Benedict XVI. Let us all pray together for him, let us all pray together for him so that the Lord my bless him and that the Madonna may protect him.”
(The new pope then prayed the Lord’s Prayer, the Hail Mary and the Glory Be with the crowd in Italian.)
He then continued:
“And now, let us start this journey, bishop and people, bishop and people, this journey of the Church of Rome, which leads all the churches in charity, a journey of fraternity, of love, of trust among us.
“Let us always pray for us, one for the other, let us pray for the whole world, so that there may be a great fraternity.
“I hope that this journey of the church that we begin today and which my cardinal vicar, who is here with me, will help me with, may be fruitful for the evangelisation of this beautiful city.
“Now, I would like to give you a blessing, but first I want to ask you for a favour. Before the bishop blesses the people, I ask that you pray to the Lord so that he blesses me.
“This is the prayer of the people who are asking for the blessing of their bishop.
“In silence, let us say this prayer of you for me.”
(After a few seconds of silent prayer, he then delivered his blessing).
He then concluded:
“Now, I will give you and the whole world a blessing, to all men and women of good will. Tomorrow I want to go to pray to the Madonna so that she protects all of Rome. Good night and have a good rest.”
So there you have it, Roman Catholic supporters, a return to Marian prayer and a papal decree to pray to the Madonna to protect all of Rome.
Marian prayers and silence, a sure way to maintain a blanket of superstition and religious emptiness in a spiritually vacant church. Remove the ability to pray to the Father in the name of Jesus, and you have silenced over a billion Catholics in your very first speech. Nothing like declaring yourself from the outset.
Actually, I don’t really know if it is a return to Mary and silent prayer. Maybe nothing really changes with Rome and they never went away from Mary. Expect a mention of the Fifth Marian Dogma very soon. That should please some folk at Signposts02!
Sin of omission
But you know, I’ll watch this with interest amongst the watchers, because there was a very significant omission form the opening speech of Francis 1, and I’ll be expecting someone to pick it up very quickly and point out why it is significant, because, if a Pentecostal pastor missing this out, even in a short greeting to his flock, there would be at least three full page spreads from the watchers, and they would be decried as false prophets, apostasy and cultish.
Let’s see who picks it up first!