We rejoice with the entire Church on the election of Pope Francis as the Shepherd of the Universal Church. The fact that the Cardinals chose him so quickly, especially in view of the requirement of 2/3 vote, is a sign of their unified consensus that he is the most appropriate choice for this ministry of service. We have a series of firsts - among them a new name for a Pope as well as the first Pope from the Americas. He is a very loving, humble, spiritual and capable man with a special love for the poor and marginalized in keeping with the name of his patron, Saint Francis of Assisi. Before giving his blessing to the people gathered in St. Peter’s Square, he bowed his head before them to ask for their prayers. We all also join in prayer for our new Holy Father as he begins his significant ministry of service to all men and women.
Viva il Papa!