Friday, March 15, 2013
by Sister Laura Zelten
As Franciscan women religious we rejoice with the rest of the Church and world on the election of Jesuit Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio as our new Pope. As religious, we recognize that his humility, simplicity, and commitment to the poor exemplify the virtues of consecrated religious life.
We offer Pope Francis our prayerful best wishes and support as he begins his papacy at a most historical time. We also pray for the entire Church, that we all remain faithful to the mission of the gospel given to us by Jesus Christ. May God bless and strengthen our new Holy Father, Pope Francis.
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