Catholic Conference Welcomes Pope Francis

Published on March 13th, 2013

The staff of the New York State Catholic Conference rejoices with the Church Universal in the election of Pope Francis. In these extraordinary and challenging times for the Church, we pledge our loyalty and fidelity to the Holy Father as he begins his pontificate.

The election of the new pope from Argentina is a moment of profound joy not only for South America, but for all the Americas. His election serves as a wonderful moment of unity for the nations of the New World. We ask Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of the Americas, to pray for the new pope and for the Church at this historic moment.

We are grateful to Timothy Cardinal Dolan, archbishop of New York, and all of the cardinal-electors for their inspired choice, and we anxiously look forward to the pontificate of the Pope of the Americas. The Catholic Conference represents New York State’s Bishops in matters of public policy.

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