Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Pope Francis: The Pontiff of Firsts

At the Convent of San Antonio de Padua, Izamal, Mexico, a statue of Pope John Paul II, which was made in remembrance of his visit to Izamal in 1993, is situated in the courtyard of the convent. The convent sits on a hill formed from a Mayan pyramid.

I framed the statue of Pope John Paul II as if he was holding up the stain glass painting of the Virgin Mary.

Today was a big day for the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics as Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio was elected as Pope Francis. The pope of many firsts:

First non-European pope of the modern era.

First from Latin America.

First Jesuit.

First to assume the name Francis.

Even though my parents are from the Philippines (where over 85% of the population are Roman Catholic) I was raised as a Protestant.

Another first.

This Protestant offers many congratulations to my Catholic family members and friends on the election of their new pope.

Happy Travels!

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