Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio became the 266th pontiff on Wednesday. He is the first Pope to take the name Francis and many were suprised at how quickly he convinced the other cardinals that he is the one the Roman Catholic Church needs.
Francis I – who took the name of the Italian saint who founded the men’s Franciscan Order – has always shied away from the Curia and the political meddling inside the Vatican. A few years ago, he said in an interview with Italian news media he “would die in the Curia” because he would miss his life in Buenos Aires.
But that doesn’t matter anymore and, as The New York Times reports, he was chosen because of his “warm, pastoral figure” that might have more success than Pope Bendict XVI in tackling the corruption that has recently plagued the small state.
Alberto Melloni, the author of many books on The Vatican, told The New York Times: “The reign of the doctors is over, and this is the kingdom of pastors, a move away from theologian pope. The fact is that he was a minority candidate in the 2005 election, and it was like saying, ‘Last time we went wrong, so let’s pick it up before it’s too late,” he said.