AJCU President's Statement on Election of First Jesuit Pope

It has been a truly historic day for the Society of Jesus as we learned that our brother, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, was selected to lead the Catholic Church as Pope Francis.
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AJCU President's Statement on Election of First Jesuit Pope
Wednesday, March 13, 2013


Pope Francis (Catholic News Service)

It has been a truly historic day for the Society of Jesus as we learned that our brother, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, was selected to lead the Catholic Church as Pope Francis. As Jesuits, we emphasize social justice in our ministry, and we are gratified to have a leader who will continue to live out this mission on a global stage. We pray that the Pope's grounding in Ignatian spirituality will guide him as he carries out this extraordinary calling to lead the Church of the 21st century.

Rev. Gregory F. Lucey, SJ
President, AJCU

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