Posted by News Express | 13 March 2013 | 4,402 times
Once more, African Catholics had their prayers not answered as the Cardinals who entered the Conclave at the Vatican yesterday chose Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio from Argentina as successor to Pope Benedict XVI, who resigned effective February 28, citing declining health.
White smoke had begun emerging from the Sistine Chapel chimney in the ceiling of the Vatican around 19 hours GMT, indicating the emergence of a new Pope.
Large crowds of Catholics have massed at the Vatican anxiously waiting to behold their new leader, who turns out to be Bergoglio, the first Pope from South America, who has chosen to be Pope Francis.
Among the candidates was Nigeria’s Cardinal John Onaiyekan, who is aged below 80 – a requirement for voting in the Conclave.
Cardinal Francis Arinze, a Vatican chieftain who is however now above the age limit was a strong contender in 2005 but lost out to Germany’s Ratzinger, who became known as Benedict XVI.
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