In the historic run up to the election of Argentinean Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergolio as pope, Church historian Christopher Bellitto spoke almost nonstop with national and international media organizations as they explored the possibilities and probabilities for the successor to St. Peter’s throne.
But, as he said during a recent talk at Georgian Court, the selection of the first Jesuit, the first Pope Francis, and first pope from the new world, surprised him and millions of others.
Dr. Bellitto, a frequent contributor to CNN and other outlets, spoke to a GCU audience of 130 students, faculty, staff, and members of the community during the university’s March 11 discussion of Pope Francis’ first year.
The Catholicism expert took listeners back in time to what would turn out to be the night of Francis’s election. Dr. Bellitto said he was determinedly preparing what is known as “b copy” —or background content—when his wife called and told him to stop writing and wait to see whom the cardinals had elected.
And, he acknowledged, the appearance of Francis on the balcony was, as it turns out, not only surprising but transformative.
In the historic run up to the election of Argentinean Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergolio as pope, Church historian Christophe...