Statement from Australian Jesuit Provincial

14/03/2013

Statement from Australian Jesuit Provincial, Fr Steve Curtin, on the election of Jesuit Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio as Pope Francis

The Society of Jesus in Australia and around the world warmly welcomes the election of Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio as Pope. His 15 years as Archbishop of the very large diocese of Buenos Aires gives a very strong pastoral foundation for his new ministry as Pope Francis.

His early training in the spirituality of St Ignatius of Loyola will have fostered in his life of prayer a deep intimacy with God and with Jesus and a desire to share in the mission of Christ to uphold the dignity of all people. We pray that he will always feel deeply loved and supported by God in his new office as universal pastor.

Pope Francis has a very strong background as an advocate for human dignity and social justice, and his advocacy has been matched by a notable simplicity of life style. The fact that he has been a Master of Novices and a Seminary Rector also point to strengths in the preparation of young people for ministry in the Church, and especially for ordained ministry. His interest in philosophy, literature and psychology suggests an insight into the human condition that will express itself in a deep pastoral understanding of the joys, hopes and struggles of ordinary people.


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