The Diocese of Des Moines
Bishop statement on the election of Pope Francis I
March 13, 2013
Written By: Anne Marie Cox

Statement of Bishop Richard Pates on the occasion of the election of Pope Francis: The Diocese of Des Moines joins the Church and the world in jubiliation with the election of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio who has taken the name of Pope Francis I. Pope Francis has served as Archbishop of Buenos Aires since 1998. His election signals the universality of the Church as an Argentinian and South American now follows in succession of a Polish and then German Pope. Pope Francis studied chemistry before entering the seminary. He thus brings the background of a scientist to bear molding that interest with an Ignation spirituality and an effective pastoral background as an Archbishop. The Holy Father's personal history and first impressions as Pope convey that of a person gifted intellectually blended with the simplicity and spirit of Jesus. His election, I believe, is providential for our times and will support the deepest values of our humanity. The Diocese of Des Moines pledges support and prayer for the new Pope. We pray that his years as Pope will be abundantly blessed for the benefit of all. 

 

Declaración del Obispo Richard Pates por motivo de la elección del Papa Francisco: La Diócesis de Des Moines se une al júbilo de la Iglesia y el Mundo por la elección de Cardenal Jorge Mario Bergoglio quien ha sido nombrado Papa Francisco I. El Papa Francisco ha servido como Arzobispo de Buenos Aires desde 1998. Su elección señala la universalidad de la Iglesia siendo argentino y sudamericano ahora sigue en sucessión al Papa de Polonia y ahora al Papa de Alemania. El Papa Francisco estudio química antes de antrar al seminario. El entonces trae el respaldo del estudio científico, y de esa manera lo hizo moldear su interés con una espiritualidad ignaciana y una historia de una pastoral eficaz como Arzobispo. La historia personal del Santo Padre y la primera impresión como Papa se nos presenta como una persona con talento intelectual combinado en la simplicidad y el Espíritu de Jesús. Su elección, yo creo, es providencial para nuestros tiempos y apoyara los profundos valores de nuestra humanidad.


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