March 13, 2013
Catholic University President’s Statement on New Pope
Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, archbishop of Buenos Aires, Argentina, was elected Pope today by the cardinal electors gathered in the Sistine Chapel. Below is a statement from John Garvey, President of The Catholic University of America, about Pope Francis.
“The Catholic University of America is proud to congratulate Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio on his election as Pope. The Holy See and the University, which was founded in 1887 by the U.S. Catholic bishops under a papal charter issued by Pope Leo XIII, share a unique relationship. As the national University of the Catholic Church in the United States, we have been blessed to host two papal visits: one by Pope John Paul II in 1979 and one by Pope Benedict XVI in 2008. We are excited to move forward under the leadership of Pope Francis and we pray that the Catholic Church will grow under his guidance in wisdom and Christ’s grace. And we hope to welcome him to our campus some day.”