Loyola campus buzzing with news of Jesuit pope

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Students at Chicago’s Loyola University, a Jesuit University are bursting with pride tonight and also extremely interested in the process and in learning more about their new Pope Francis.

“The Jesuits believe in humility and they believe in social justice, education and helping out the poor.  Things that will really help the Catholic image in the world,” said student Jack Williams.

The repeated word is “humility” when describing a Jesuit intellectual who travels by bus and is known for his practical approach to poverty,  identifying himself as “one of the poor.”

The choice of Jorge Mario Bergoglio is a surprise in part because of his age, he’s 76. He’s also the first non-European pontiff in nearly 1300 years, and a member of an order occasionally seen as an intellectual thorn in the side of the Vatican.

Students at Loyola are thrilled.

“Especially with some of the recent events in the Catholic Church, I think it’s the right thing at the right time,” said freshman Flavio Bravo

“There are some things about religion that I don’t agree with and I’m looking for something that’s more accepting of everyone. So I’m excited to see what this new pope can do,” said freshman Teresa Russo.

Pope Francis as a cardinal preached a message of compassion for the less-fortunate and is remembered for a 2001 hospital visit, where he washed and kissed the feet of a-dozen patients living with AIDS.

“The word pontiff is really a bridge; the bridge between people and God,” said Rev. Timothy Kesicki of the Chicago Jesuits  “And to see that humility before God gives us the faith that what he says, what he preaches, what he teaches will be a reflection of his own prayer, his own discernment and his own faith. And I don’t think we could ask for any more than that.”

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  • Jumping for Jesus

    catholic are not chirstians. If they were then your would not a catholism. A "ism" is a form of religion and that is not christianity. We have different beliefs. Christians lift up the name of Jesus, the only begotten son. We belive that God is the only one who can save us and also the only book we need is the bible. God is awsome and I understand that the catholics are trying to be like christians but please dont get them confused. When was the last time a catholic praised the name of Jesus or when has the Pope even said the name of Jesus in public? Please enlighten me. We belive in Jesus and only Jesus and the fact that he died for everyones sins and there is nothing we can do to pay him back. We are not saved by our works but only through faith and the grace of GOD.

  • Ahimsa De Amor

    Actually I heard the new pope mention the name of Jesus a few times already and he asked the people to bow their heads in silence to pray that God would bless him so he could be a blessing to all. He also openly confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, that He died for our sins and is the path to God. Bottom line for me…is that LOVE, COMPASSION and PEACE are the way to God, and that is the narrow way…so few can do…and we need the Grace of God to do that…and Christ Jesus was and is the PERFECT embodiment of this love, compssion and peace. If you can't surrender to this perfect love that casts out all fear…you are lost. In surrendering to this love you are surrendering to Christ, because you can't seperate the two.