HARTFORD – Archbishop Henry J. Mansell expressed hope and joy after hearing of the election March 13 of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio to the papacy.
He called it a historic day for people of all faiths.
Statement of Archbishop Henry J. Mansell on the election of Pope Francis:
This is an historic day, one which we all will always remember, recalling where we were and what we were doing at the time. It will be etched in the memories of people across the world. We share this momentous day with over 1.2 billion Catholics worldwide and people of every faith. It is a joyous day, one filled with hope and promise. The announcement of Pope Francis is one that will affect people everywhere, because of the Catholic Church’s longstanding tradition of providing services to people of every background.
His opening address to us was enhanced by his immediate call for prayer, asking all of us to pray for him and assuring us of his ongoing prayers for ourselves.
Today’s exhilarating event will inspire our ongoing prayers for him for all the years ahead.