Dominicans for Justice and Peace (Order of Preachers) hails the election of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires as Pope Francis. One hundred and fifteen cardinal electors chose Pope Francis to be the spiritual leader of 1.2 billion Catholics worldwide today after a two-day conclave.
Dominicans joins with Pope Francis in his prayers for the Church and the world. "Let us pray for each other, let us pray for the entire world because there is great brotherhood in the world," Pope Francis said.
Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, an Argentinean Jesuit is the first Jesuit and the first person from Latin America to be Pope. He played a leading role during the Argentine economic crisis in speaking out against the negative impact a certain globalisation could have on the poor. He has shown deep compassion for people affected by HIV and AIDS. He visited a hospice in 2001 kissed and washed the feet of 12 AIDS patients.
Dominicans assure the new Pope of their prayer and support in serving the poorest members of the Human community.
Sources : Caritas Internationalis & Vatican Information Service
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