|Catherine of Siena escorted pope Gregory XI at Rome on 17th January 1377. Fresco by Giorgio Vasari (30.07.1511-27.06.1574). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
As my daughter was sitting in front of me in the kitchen's table doing her homeworks, I kept the television muted not to disturb her. It was about 5:00 pm (Rome Time).
My eyes were going nervously to the Television as the chemin on top of the
Sixtine Chapel was shown. I knew that the smoke (black or white) was not due for another two hours, but I was on the alert; wouldn't miss the magic moment for the world.
"Look dad, there's a seagull on top of the "camino".." My daughter said. There it was, a white Seagull (see video here) sitting right there. He stood there for almost an hour and my daughter and I exchanged opinion on the fact that a "white" seagull should have a meaning if he choosed to sit in the most televised chemin in the world.
"It 'll be white, the smoke, dad, white like the seagull..."
She was all excited about the event and as we planned, if Cardinal Sean O' Malley was chosen as the new Pope, we would celebrate like during the celebrations we did for the 2006 World Cup of Soccer.
We did not know Sean O'Malley before he showed up in Rome for the Conclave 2013 but as we saw his photos and heard the story of his life, we thought he could be a "great Pope", besides rumors were out that he would choose the name of Francesco.
I thoroughly explained my daughter about the need for the Catholic Church to have a simple minded Pope who could bring the Church to the Origins when being poor was considered a privilege.
At 7:07 a Thick White Smoke started to come out of the chemin followed by the confirmation of the Saint Peter's Square Bell Tower that "Habemus Papam"
We have a Pope announcement was real.
"The seagull was right" Aurora kept repeating. She was all up in the air, happy to be witnessing such an historical event.
Now all we had to do was waiting for the New Pope to come out on the Balcony and see who He would be and what was the name He choosed for His Papacy.
At 8:10 pm the announcement was made from the Balcony
Habemus Papam (see the video here) and the name announced was the one of
George Maria Bergoglio (see video here). The "disappointment" that was visible on my daughter face disappeared when the announcement was made that He would call Himself "Francesco".
He gave us the great impression of a humble Human Being. First He had a very simple cross hanging from His neck, and He asked the people in the Square and the World to "Bless and Pray for Him" He thanked and remembered Benedict XVI who resigned breaking a 600 years way,saving Himself for historians and theologists to understand why he took a step that was taken only by a few in the two thousand years of history of the Catholic Church and the Vatican.
The name pick "Francesco" was what did it for us all in the family.Saint Francis of Assisi is our favourite Saint for His simplicity and for the love He always showed for all animals and all the living creatures.
He conquered our hearts tonight. Now we'll see if our expectations of a Pope that can teach us to share with the poor, and bring back the Church to the origins, where times were a lot harder for a Christian, but more genuine and spared from monetary's scandals and other bad questions that have rocked the "Holy Sea" lately