Tanti auguri to the new pope, Francis I. Today, March 13th, has been a huge day for many Italians and at least a billion people across the world as the 266th leader of the Roman Catholic Church was chosen and announced. Francis, formerly Jorge Mario Bergoglio, is an Argentinian with parents of Italian descent. He is the first non-European pope and also the first pope to be called Francis, after St. Francis of Assisi, who is known as a patron saint of Italy.
Between 85-95% of Italians are Catholic (the statistics vary). Italy is home to Vatican City, the official headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church. Regardless of differing religious views among readers of this blog, today is undeniably an important day in Italy, religiously and culturally, and in the world.
Courtesy to CBS News.