Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, 76 years of age, from Argentina, is the first non-European, and the first Jesuit pontiff to be elected. He has taken the name of Pope Francis I. As Latin America is a major emerging economic region in the world and holds around 40% of the world’s Catholic population, the election of His Holiness is very fitting. Even more fitting is the name that he selected- Francis, for St. Francis of Assisi. Pope Francis I is known for his simplicity, humility in life, as well as his dedication to social justice. This may just be an exciting time for Catholic Social Teaching and how Catholics will become more active in their faith.


Let us pray for Pope Francis I, the Holy Catholic Church, for solidarity and guidance.


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