Habemus Papam Franciscum!

It's utterly surreal to post that today the Church has selected one of my brother Jesuits to be the the 266th Bishop of Rome and leader of the Roman Catholic Church. Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was today elected to be the Holy Father to 1.2 Billion Catholics.

His name is telling: Pope Francis. The name the image of Saint Francis of Assisi, charged in a vision of the Crucified Christ to "go and repair my house which, as you see, is falling into ruin."

Please join with me in praying for Pope Francis. May his simplicity and fervent devotion to the Lord give him the grace and strength to lead his flock. The task he has been given - a superhuman charge, to be sure - will ask more than any one man can give. Yet buoyed by our prayers and enlivened by God's grace, may he preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ in a Spirit of love and charity, setting on fire the hearts who long to hear Good News. 
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