Wednesday, March 13, 2013

New Pope Has Been Chosen

For those who are interested, a new pope of the Catholic Church has been named. Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina has been selected and will be known as Pope Francis. According to reports I heard on the radio, he is the archbishop of Buenes Aires, Argentina. He is 76 years old, apparently in good health. He is the son of Italians who moved to Argentina.

Here are links to a few news articles about this:;_ylt=A2KJ2Ua500BR5EUA8zfQtDMD

I am sure there will be many more news articles as more information becomes available about the new pope.

It would be natural for the new pope to be sympathetic to the interests and concerns of the people of Argentina, since he would be very familiar with that country. It will be interesting in the long term to see if and how the new pope influences the dispute between Britain and Argentina over the Falkland Islands, whose population recently voted overwhelmingly to remain with Britain. Link:

UPDATE 3/14/2013:  See my comment below about the pope's stand on the Falkland Islands.

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As a follow-up, here is a link to an article showing that the new pope favors Argentina in its dispute with the U.K. over Argentina's claim to the Falkland Islands. Keep in mind that those who favor turning the Falkland Islands over to Argentina are ignoring the wishes of virtually all the people of the Falkland Islands who want to remain with Great Britain. It was also Argentina that started the war over the Falkland Islands 30 years ago. In effect, you had a territory of Great Britain whose people wanted to remain with Great Britain invaded and occupied by Argentina. British forced then recaptured the Falkland Islands.

The new pope may not care about the wishes of the people living on the Falkland Islands.


I learned about this article from John Carmack's blog. Here is a link to his post about this: