Seychelles coin celebrates the election of Pope Francis I

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19 March 2013
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The Seychelles celebrates the election of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio as Pope Francis I with a coin featuring a portrait of the new Pope. ...
The Seychelles celebrates the election of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio as Pope Francis I with a coin featuring a portrait of the new Pope. The papal election came just over a month after Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation on 11 February 2013, explaining that he had a 'lack of strength of mind and body' to carry out his duties as Pope, due to his advanced age.

On 12 March, 115 eligible Cardinals entered into Conclave at the Vatican to elect Pope Benedict’s successor and after five ballots, white smoke appeared from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel to indicate that the minimum two thirds majority had been reached on the following day and an announcement was made from the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica that the new Pope would be Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Archbishop of Buenos Aires

Pobjoy Mint has announced the release of a new coin being produced on behalf of the Central Bank of Seychelles to celebrate the election of His Holiness Pope Francis. The design shows a portrait of the Pope with the surrounding wording Habemus Papem, a Latin phrase which translates as 'we have a Pope', along with the words 'Pontifex Maximus Franciscum I' - this is the new pope's non official title, and refers to his role as the Chief Bishop of the Catholic Church. The Pope's portrait is surrounded by the fourteen Stations of the Cross, a popular Catholic devotion to indicate the passion and death of Jesus Christ.

Cardinal Bergoglio has taken the name Pope Francis, the first pope to take this name, in memory of St Francis of Assisi. He is also the first member of the Jesuit Order to be elected Pope, and the first non-European to be elected Pope since Pope Gregory III in 731AD.

The Pope Francis I coin will be produced in a range of metals and sizes, including uncirculated Cupro Nickel, Sterling and Fine Proof Silver. For further information, visit the Pobjoy Mint website.

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