Caricature/Cartoon of Pope Francis I – Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina becomes the first Jesuit Pope.

Presenting the Caricature of Pope Francis I.

Caricature, cartoon, pen and ink color drawing of Pope Francis I - the first Non-European to become Pope.

 

Here are the details of the face and the dimensions of the image.

The caricature/Cartoon of Pope Francis (Jorge Bergoglio) - pen and ink drawing with color.

Remember?

  • After Pope Benedict XVI resigned, they said – They aren’t going to elect a man in his late seventies…again.
  • They also said – It would be very difficult for them to change course and elect a non-European as a pope.
  • And then they said – Pope must be someone who has a non-controversial record.

Pope Francis’ election has proved them wrong on all the three counts.

He is 76, an Argentine (thus, a Non-European) and has been embroiled in his share of controversies. He is also a traditionalist who is against gay-marriages and considers them the work of the Devil.

Pope Francis I – A Brief Biography

Jorge (Mario) Bergoglio is an Argentine who was born to Italian parents (on December 17, 1936.) His father worked in the railways and his mother was a housewife. He studied Chemistry and worked as a Chemistry technician before he decided to become a priest at the age of 22, and entered the Society of Jesus. It was another 9 years before he actually became a priest.

He is known for his humility and austerity. He could’ve become Pope in 2005 but he appealed to his fellow Cardinals that they shouldn’t vote for him and vote for Ratzinger (his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI.)

More about Jorge Bergoglio

In his protest against the bill that would legalize Gay Marriages in Argentina, he wrote,
“Let’s not be naive, we’re not talking about a simple political battle; it is a destructive pretension against the plan of God. We are not talking about a mere bill, but rather a machination of the Father of Lies that seeks to confuse and deceive the children of God.”

(Read this article here.)

There is also a lot of talk in Argentina about his being associated with the disappearance of two Jesuit Priests.

But beyond this,
the new Pope is known to be a simple man. He is considered to be someone who understand power-play, and who is perceived to have to capability to steer the Vatican ship through today’s troubled waters.

A few other things…

  • He had to get one of his lungs removed due to an infection, when he was quite young.
  • In the last 1000 years, he is the first Pope (after Pope John Paul I) who has chosen a new name for himself.
  • He is the first Jesuit to have become the Pope.
  • He is also the first non-European to become Pope in the last 1200 years. (He still is a person of Italian (European?) origin.)
  • He is opposed to same-sex marriages, abortions, and artificial insemination.

Pope Francis’s unrequited Love

I can’t stop myself from editing this post to include this wonderful news. Finally, an info-byte that makes me feel connected with the Pope.

Amalia Damonte who still lives in the same house where she grew up (at 555 Membranilla Street in the Flores district of Buenos Aires (the capital of Argentina,)) was proposed to by a young boy called Jorge Bergoglio. He was 12 and she was 13…and she is the reason why Jorge Bergoglio is Pope Francis now. Had she not turned down his proposal, he wouldn’t have embraced priesthood – for his letter told her in no uncertain terms – that if she didn’t agree to become his wife, he’d become a priest. He was quite serious about the matter as she’s got it in black and white…or whatever was the color of the ink that Jorge favored when he was young.

So…you see now. There’s a woman behind every successful man…even the Pope :)

Now, he is the leader of 1.2 Billion Catholics world-wide.

(Interestingly, India’s population is 1.2 Billion too.)

Read the text of his first Speech from the Pope’s Balcony  overlooking St. Peter’s Square here.

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6 comments on “Caricature/Cartoon of Pope Francis I – Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina becomes the first Jesuit Pope.

  1. Raised Catholic like all Italians – I totally dissent from the Catholic church these days. And the Jesuits have always been the worst. Who started the Inquisition at the end of the Middle Ages? Exactly. Anyone killing in the name of God is not worth following. Ever.
    Great job! ;)

    • Thanks Barb. I’m glad you like the caricature.
      I presume you weren’t braving the rain at St. Peter’s Square, with your eyes glued to the chimney, waiting for it to belch out the white smoke :) About the Jesuits, can we just say that through generations, their philosophy may have changed?

      • yes, we can always hope that things have changed… although, like they say in the Matrix sequels “Some things never change, some things do” (Niobe a.k.a. Jada Pinkett Smith)! ;) Or, to keep quoting, this time from 1980s British TV – Robin of Sherwood: “Nothing’s forgotten. Nothing is ever forgotten”.
        As I don’t watch TV anymore, your caricature is the only glimpse into the new Pope (except now I understand some Italian friends’ comments on FB better, so thank you! ;))! :D

      • I guess change is the only way to move ahead…even for the Church. I agree with “Nothing is forgotten. Nothing is ever forgotten.” Actually, it’s impossible to forget stuff that has hurt you. It doesn’t matter how indirectly its impact may have been. And you are welcome. I’ve been quite tardy in posting to the blog, but I hope to correct that.

  2. Ah, a new Pope……and a supposedly humble one at that. A man who takes the bus to work and lives in a simple small apartment instead of the large house allotted to a Cardinal. It will be interesting to see if his election stops or slows the throngs of Catholics who have left the fold. It will not bring me back into it but there may be others who feel more confident of the path the church is taking. I do like the name he chose…..Francis I……..and you were very kind to him in your caricature ……..no large nose…..no mouse either…..but he looks……well…….Popely…….great job!
    You will probably not believe this but the iPad alert I got from the TOI was how I heard that a Pope was elected. This story has filled the news waves all over the world since John Paul announced his resignation.

    • I’ve been reading contradictory articles about him. While he is definitely considered humble, there are some who think that he really likes and enjoys power. I think that anyone who reaches the highest level in any hierarchy must enjoy being a leader.

      I am glad you liked the caricature. He looks more like an intellectual (a scientist perhaps) than a religious head…so drawing him was a tight-rope walk. He’s made news all over the world. My blog’s been getting tons of hits from Indonesia (this is a first, I get most of my hits from the US and Europe, and then India – but seldom from Indonesia.)

      John Kerry’s coming up soon. It’s late, but I’ll post it any way :)

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