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US Bishops Conference Offers Prayers for Pope Francis

RENEW International joins the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) in celebrating the election of Pope Francis and joins with Catholics the world over in praying for him and our Church.

As President of the USCCB, Cardinal Timothy Dolan issued the following statement upon the Pope's election:

    The election of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who has taken the name Francis, marks a great milestone in our church. As successor to Peter, our first pope, Pope Francis stands as the figure of unity for all Catholics wherever they reside.

    The bishops of the United States and the people of our 195 dioceses offer prayers for our new leader and promise allegiance to him. Intense prayer from all around the world surrounded the election of Pope Francis.

    The bishops of the United States thank God for the guidance of the Holy Spirit and the inspired choice of the College of Cardinals. With joy in our hearts, we declare "Ad Multos Annos!" (For many years!)

Pope Francis Jorge Mario Bergoglio, SJ
Born: December 17, 1936
Ordained Priest: December 13, 1969
Ordained Bishop: June 27, 1992
Elected Pope: March 13, 2013

The USCCB also offers this prayer for our new Holy Father:

    O God, shepherd and ruler of all the faithful,
    look favorably on your servant Francis,
    whom you have set at the head of your Church as her shepherd;

    Grant, we pray, that by word and example
    he may be of service to those over whom he presides
    so that, together with the flock entrusted to his care,
    he may come to everlasting life.

    Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
    who lives and reigns with you in the
    unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

    Amen.

Copyright © 2013, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Washington, DC

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