Listers, habemus papam, Franciscum! We’ve collected some of the more popular photographs and memes circling social media. Regarding sources, almost all the photos were simply being shared on Facebook or Twitter; however, a good source for these memes and others is the highly recommended Catholic Memes.
A couple notable comments on our first Jesuit Pope from his brother Jesuit.1 From the founder of Ignatius Press:
“There are Jesuits and Jesuits. He is a loyal, articulate, courageous defender of the Magisterium. He also has a great love and concern for the poor – which causes some to classify him as ‘liberal.’ Well, he’s just as liberal as John Paul II and Benedict XVI, but he’s had the experience of living [in] poverty for many years.” - Father Joseph Fessio, S.J.
Also, in a tweet brought to our attention by a lister, self-described Catholic apologist Steve Ray tweeted another quote by Fr. Fessio:
SPL has also posted a list of notable quotes by Cardinal Bergoglio now Pope Francis. In Quotes from Cardinal Bergoglio, now Pope Francis, on 7 Moral Issues, the Cardinal states that abortion is a “death penalty” for children – even those conceived in rape – and that homosexual marriage is a “real and dire anthropological throwback.”
Habemus Papam Franciscum
Regarding the image below, the AP reports: Pope John Paul II shakes hands with West German Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, the Vatican’s chief heresy-fighter, during Christmas greetings in the Clementine Hall at the Vatican City on Friday, Dec. 20, 1985. (AP Photo/Massimo Sambucetti) SPL has serious doubts whether the man in the middle is actually Cardinal Bergoglio, now Pope Francis, as it is being touted on social media, etc.
Update (3-19-13): During Pope Francis’ inaugural mass, a photo was taken of Vice President Joe Biden in the crowd. The man lends himself to being turned into a meme so we obliged and published Disapproving Joe Biden: 5 Memes from the Papal Inauguration. Enjoy.