Statement from Bishop Anthony on the election of Pope Francis


Rome Reports: Before imparting his first Papal Blessing, Pope Francis asked the faithful to pray for him, as he bowed his head in silence.

The Bishop of Parramatta, Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP, today welcomed the news of the election of Pope Francis as Bishop of Rome and Universal Pastor of the Catholic Church.

Habemus papam - we have a Pope! The Catholic Diocese of Parramatta cheers with the rest of humanity at the happy news,” Bishop Anthony said on Thursday 14 March.

Pope Francis, formerly Jorge Cardinal Bergoglio SJ, Archbishop of Buenos Aires, is the first Jesuit Pope. He is also the first Pope to come from Latin America.

“He is a deeply spiritual man who is highly respected as a theologian and an intellectual. He is a humble man and a great defender of the poor. In his first words as Pope, Pope Francis spoke of building fraternity, love and trust,” Bishop Anthony said.

“In July this year, I will lead a group of 250 young people from the Diocese of Parramatta to Rio de Janeiro where we will meet Pope Francis at World Youth Day. More than two million people were already expected to participate and, with a new Pope from Latin America, I am sure many millions more will be coming.

“Please offer your prayers for Pope Francis, today, in the days ahead and throughout his pontificate.”

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