3:13 pm - Thursday December 17, 1699

Pope Francis‏

On March 13, 2013, Bishop Michael Sheridan of the Diocese of Colorado Springs issued the following statement upon learning that Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, Archbishop of Buenos Aires, had been elected to the chair of St. Peter:
“It was with great joy that I learned that Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina was elected to be the successor of Peter, taking the name of Pope Francis. The fact that our new pontiff is both the first Jesuit and first Latin American to be elected pope makes the news particularly exciting. Cardinal Bergoglio is known for his humility, simplicity, and as a respected theologian. I am fully confident that the Holy Spirit was at work during the conclave, and I look forward to our new Holy Father’s leadership and guidance for years to come.”
The former Cardinal Bergoglio was born Dec. 17, 1936 in Buenos Aires and was ordained to the priesthood in the Society of Jesus on Dec. 13, 1969. He was ordained a bishop on June 3, 1997 and was named a cardinal by Pope John Paul II on Feb. 21, 2001.



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