NewsMax: “Who is Pope Francis I?
An American poliical figure who has asked not to be identified has known Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio for many years and has met privately with him. This source predicted to us weeks ago that Bergoglio would succeed Benedict.
Our source described him as a “sweet, humble, and kind man.”
He recalled that Bergoglio lived in a simple flat in Buenos Aires and took a subway to his church offices.
As for his politics, he is described as “more left than most” in the Church hierarchy, one who has expressed some sympathy for liberation theology and helping the poor — though some of this was voiced privately.
In recent years, Bergoglio has been a strong opponent of Argentina’s Kirchner government, largely because “Kirchner has been at war with the Church.”
Opinion: The St. Malachy prophecy is finally settled, which once again verifies that the Scriptures and common logic demands that only God can be the Author of prophecy:
“Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like Me, Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure:” (Isaiah 46:10-11)
So the Malachy prophecy goes the way of Harold Camping and the Mayan calendar. And the Catholic Church, while jubilant with the prospects of a new Pope, albeit possibly a little left of center, must deal a Church shaken by sex-abuse scandals, rivalry from other churches, the advance of secularism in its European heartland, and allegations of scandal at the Vatican bank.
A cartoon in Italy’s Corriere della Sera newspaper showed the new pope telling the crowd on Wednesday about his surprise at being elected and then, pointing to aides, he says: “But that’s nothing compared to the surprises in store for them.”