DENVER — American Archbishops Samuel Aquila of Denver and Charles Chaput of Philadelphia voiced gratitude to Jorge Mario Bergoglio, now Pope Francis, for accepting election as Bishop of Rome and Vicar of Christ today.
“Today is a day of great joy for the entire Church. Pope Francis has been called to the ministry of St. Peter: to be the ‘visible source and foundation’ of unity in the Church,” Archbishop Aquila told Catholic News Agency shortly after the announcement.
“As we rejoice, Pope Francis begins what will be the most difficult period of his life. Join me in giving thanks and praise to the Father for the gift of Pope Francis. And join me in prayer and fasting for his ministry.”...READ MORE