Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Boise Bishop Celebrates New Pope

Posted By on Wed, Mar 13, 2013 at 3:06 PM

Pope Francis I is the first pontiff from the Americas.
  • Pope Francis I is the first pontiff from the Americas.

Bishop Michael Driscoll of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Boise said Wednesday afternoon that he joined Catholics around the world to "offer my support and prayers for our new pope, Pope Francis."

The 76-year-old Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina was elected pope—the Catholic Church's first Jesuit pope and the first pontiff from the Americas—and took the name Pope Francis I.

"I have never personally met him, but it is clear he has the prayerful and spiritual gifts to lead the Catholic Church in the world today," said Driscoll. "I am confident Pope Francis will work to guide the church through the new evangelization and make us stronger witnesses of Christ to the world. I ask all Catholics in Idaho to pray for our new leader as 'the servant of the servants of God' and successor to St. Peter."

Bergoglio spent nearly his entire career in his homeland of Argentina. He reportedly received the second-most votes after Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, who became Pope Benedict XVI, in the 2005 papel election.

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