Fr. von Arx, S.J., issues statement on election of Pope Francis

Image: VaticanFairfield University President, the Rev. Jeffrey P. von Arx, S.J., issued the following statement upon today's selection of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina as Pope Francis, the 266th pope:

"We join our brothers and sisters in Christ around the globe in saluting Pope Francis. At this historic moment for the Church, we offer prayers for strength, wisdom, and courage for our new Pope as he assumes this great and sacred responsibility. In these complex and challenging times, there is an opportunity for renewal and reflection. The election of a pope from Latin America is an historic precedent and an expression of optimism and courage on the part of the Conclave. As Pope Francis is a member of the Society of Jesus, this is a time for great humility and gratitude for our Society. With God's guidance, may he lead the Church to greater unity and faithfulness to her Lord and become an inspirational leader, not only for his flock, but indeed, for the world."

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Posted on March 14, 2013

Vol. 45, No. 224

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