The first Jesuit Pope, the first Pope from the Americas. Wonder what God is up to.....:)
As a random aside, today is the 13th day of the 3rd month in the year of 2013. 3,3,3.
May God pour out his blessings upon this man and upon the whole world. Let us pray earnestly for him as he takes the helm of the bark of St. Peter.
on the election of Pope Francis I
The election of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who
has taken the name Francis I, marks a great milestone in our church. As
successor to Peter, our first pope, Pope Francis I stands as the figure of
unity for all Catholics wherever they reside. The bishops of the United States
and the people of our 195 dioceses offer prayers for our new leader and promise
allegiance to him.
Timothy Dolan of New York
of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
Intense prayer from all around the world surrounded the election of Pope Francis I. The bishops of the United States thank God for the guidance of the Holy Spirit and the inspired choice of the College of Cardinals.
With joy in our hearts, we declare "Ad Multos Annos!" (For many years!)
Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.