On the first day of Pope Francis’ papacy, he emphasized the need to move the Catholic Church forward, calling on the cardinals to have courage. He spoke to the crowd from the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica.
Argentinian Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected as the first pontiff from Latin America. He’ll lead the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics.
In his first homily as pope, Francis delivered a short, simple message to the cardinals who elected him, “our life is a journey, and if we stop, things don’t go well.” He spoke in Italian.
Pope Francis spoke solemnly at a celebrated Mass in the Sistine Chapel. There was symbolism behind his message as the church is involved in scandal and a Vatican government that is dealing with dysfunction and corruption.
He warned the cardinals that when “you don’t pray to Jesus, you pray to the worldliness of the devil.”