Tuesday, March 26, 2013

First South American Pope surprises Vancouverites

Archbishop J. Michael Miller, CSB, impressed with Pontiff's unique qualities
J.P. Radelet waves the Vatican City flag from the Vancouver School of Theology March 13.(Olivier Coutant / Special to The B.C. Catholic)
Vancouver Catholics were surprised by Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio's election to the papacy.
Agnieszka Krawczynski reports:
"The cardinals were obviously thinking a lot about him and didn't tell the reporters," said Archbishop J. Michael Miller.
"He was not a front runner. But when we use those terms, (understand that) no one was actually running. It was, frankly, us who turned it into a race," added the archbishop.
The staff crowded around a television at the offices of the Vancouver archdiocese were also surprised upon hearing Cardinal Bergoglio's name, quickly pulling out their smartphones to find out who he was. Many had expected the next Pope to come from Europe, possibly from Italy.
For the full article, see The B.C. Catholic's website.

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