I join Catholics throughout the world in rejoicing at the announcement of the election of our new Holy Father Pope Francis I. The Cardinal Electors guided by the Holy Spirit have chosen a man from the new world, from Argentina, a Jesuit and from all reports a man of simplicity that whose lifestyle echoes the name he has chosen. I find it to be significant that Pope Francis I was chosen after a relatively short Conclave. It signals a unity among the Cardinals that is a blessing. The fact that he is not only a non-Italian but also is from Latin America, the new world, is also a sign of the vitality of the Church as She is guided by the Holy Spirit.
Let us all pray for the Holy Father Francis I, he has a tremendous task ahead of him but as all Popes before him the Lord is with him and the Holy Spirit will guide him. Let us pray that his heart will always be open to face the challenges with joy and that he may listen attentively to the promptings of the Holy Spirit.