The Cycle | March 14, 2013
>>> it is now 8:00 at the time vatican and pope francis preparing for a packed first week as pope. he accept that his first full day as pope asle would expect, praying. he even slipped out of the vatican to pray at one of rome's great basilicas. he will meet with members of the press saturday. sunday there is a chance he'll say mass at st. peter's and then deliver the traditional blessing from the balcony. the biggest event is tuesday. that will be the installation mass. a huge event in fact. vice president biden will lead the u.s. delegation. pope frangs sis expected to meet with his predecessor. the two have already spoken by phone. pope francis is the church's first priest from latin america . he is jesuit . the largest order of the catholic church , known for its dedication to education, intellectual research and the poor. francis lived relatively humbly in buenos aires despite his position as archbishop. he gave up the traditional palace and chauffeured limo opting instead for a city apartment. he cooked his own meals, all very common of jesuits. he would often visit the slum believing social outreach is the core of the church. even yesterday areplied the pomp and prayer, he turned down the official papal car and instead, joined the other cardinals on a bus. later at dinner, he reportedly told the plenty who elected him, may god forgive you for what you have done. msnbc's chris janicing is in vatican city . we heard mass applause from the one hundred,000 faithful gathered there yesterday. especially for a plan such as this who has lived his life so simply.
>> reporter: yeah, think about it this way. as you describe it. this is a man who lives in a simple apartment with another elderly priest. he cooks his own meals. he rides the bus and he wakes up and he is the head of 1.2 billion catholics . in one of the most beautiful places in the world. you can see it behind me. the basilica. we heard today that after he went back to the little hotel where they all stayed last night, all of the cardinals, and he took his own luggage and moved over to the papal apartments . the whole staff had been there since 7:00 in the morning. and i was over at the vatican talking to some of the folks there. and they said, he sent them all home. they had been there to get everything cleaned up, make sure it was perfectly dusted. and he said just go home and one person stayed behind. this is a man who not only preaches about social justice and talks about how important it is to work with the poor, and to help the poor, but he lives his life that way. so i think that although a lot of american catholics in particular were going to be disappointed, frankly with any of the 115 cardinals on the social issues that are often talked about in the u.s. catholic church . thing like birth control and gay marriage and celibate priests. those things are not going to change them weren't going to change whoever was elected pope. but this is a man who has lived his life really fighting for social justice . he has been in the slums of buenos aires . we were talking about his cardinal here who had said when he went on a tour, when he took them on a tour, he didn't show him all the beautiful sights. he wanted to show him where the poor lived. this is someone who came in second the last time. and apparently, looked at this beautiful michelangelo paining in the sistine chapel . the look on his face said he didn't want the job. his sister was interviewed last night. and she said, he didn't want to be pope. he is a very humble man. he is a very simple man. he loves his life but it is about to change dramatically as you can see. he already has a very busy schedule in just the coming days. back to you.
>> thanks for all your insight over the past week. have a safe flight back.
>> as we've that, francis is the first pope from latin america . today faithful in his home town of buenos aires , argentina, are holding mass and celebrating. miguel is there.
>> reporter: a sense of normalcy has return to the cathedral behind me where the pope was the archbishop for more than a decade. there were celebrations running well into the night last flight and even into the early morning hours of today. hundreds out here gathered on the streets. they were celebrating and honking their horns. some even crying in the streets. we were five miles from this location in an area known as the slum of buenos aires . we met many people who said the pope was a man of the streets. he ate with them, cooked for them and held daily masses in their own neighborhoods. then they could not have been any happier, any prouder that a pope, that pope would now represent this region. we should point out that catholicism is a huge part of the way folks live their daily lives here. four out of every catholics live here in latin america . there was celebration not just here in arch arch but also in brazil and in the united states . we saw celebrations overnight in miami and los angeles and also, in denver. many saying they were thrilled to see a pope of latin american descent represent this region. now here in argentina, many are now looking back to rome wondering when the pope will make his first visit back here in latin america .
>> thank you for that. like pope francis , our next guest is also a jesuit priest. father james martin . the author of the best selling book the jesuit guide to almost everything. i have to start by saying forgive me father, i have sinned. i guess that's a different conversation. i have to start by asking but the jesuit connection. this is the first ever jesuit pope. the vow of poverty they take, how seriously francis has taken this in his life. how do you think from a practical standpoint this will affect his papacy, the focus of the work that he does as pope. how significant do you think the fact that he is a jesuit will be?
>> i think it is enormously significant. you've already seen how humble he is, how simply he lives and i think simple lifestyle is a hallmark. from our earliest days in training, we spend time with the poor, among the poor and we advocate for the poor. i think you will see a pope of the poor and that's indicated by the choice of his name, father francis .
>> i wanted to read a quote and get to you weigh in on it. he said, his age would suggest a kind of care taker pope but his name, evoking not only francis of assisi but the great jesuit francis xavier as well, suggests a mix of humility and purifying zeal. what is the significance of the name.
>> ? there was some bandying about. is it the francis can? the vatican that it is st. francis of assisi . because that name is over well known among catholics , it is a real sign he intends to concentrate on the poor and call to us work with the poor and call to us live simply as well. so i think they say the biggest decision of the first pope is his name. he made a big decision.
>> archbishop jose gomez of los angeles has talked extensively about the important role that hispanic catholics have played in the founding of the country and in playing witness to american spirituality. and he has called for a resurgence. do you think that pope francis will galvanize hispanic catholics here in this country for whom maybe some of their faiths may be waning?
>> i think he has. there's nothing to compare with a pope who speaks your language and speaks it fluently. i think something like 40% to 50% of american catholics are now hispanic . you look at someone like archbishop gomez who is the arch bishop of the largest catholic diocese and he is an hispanic person. i think the fact that you have a pope who can come over here and speak and preach and even joke around in spanish will be a huge shot in the arm. not only for the hispanic catholics here but in latin america .
>> what do you think are the implications?
>> it is huge. it has shifted. it is a siphon recognition. and i think it also reminds people in places like africa, latin america , india, the church is not just european or roman. far from it. it is universal. so it is a terrific sign.
>> father james martin , thank you so much.
>>> there is a lot more to talk about including how the new pope could affect the church's stand on abortion or gay marriage , or not.