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Statements from local Catholic leaders on Pope Francis

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Local leaders within the Catholic community weighed in on the selection of a new pope.

Cardinal Bergoglio, 76, of Argentina, was elected Wednesday and chose the name of Pope Francis.

Statement from Bishop Roger J. Foys, Bishop of Covington:

Once again the Holy Spirit has answered the prayers of the Church and selected for us a new Holy Father in the person of Pope Francis. We rejoice and pledge our prayers for our new Holy Father and pray that he will have many fruitful years in shepherding the Church entrusted to his care.

We will celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving at our Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption on Thursday evening March 21 at 7:00 p.m. and invite all the faithful to join in thanking God for this precious gift.

We pray that God may bestow every blessing on His Holiness Pope Francis.

Statement from Michael J. Graham, S.J. President of Xavier University:

When I heard the news that a Jesuit brother of mine would be the next Pope I was completely stunned. As were many people, it seems, from whom I began to hear very quickly!

But that surprise yielded quickly to a profound sense of gratitude. That the Holy Spirit should choose a man from the tradition of Ignatius Loyola to lead the Church, must be a deep consolation for anyone and everyone associated with any Jesuit ministry throughout the world.

That Pope Francis is a Latin American Jesuit, I have no doubt that he will bring a particular care and concern for the poor and marginalized to his Pontificate, for that sensibility has been an overwhelming gift of Latin American Jesuits worldwide.

Statement from House Speaker John Boehner:

Thanks be to God for our new pope, Francis I.  American Catholics rejoice over this news, and offer our prayers and blessings to His Holiness with confidence that he will fill the Chair of St. Peter with grace.  Even more special is that our church will be led for the first time by a Holy Father from the Americas, marking a new milestone in the history of a faith that has endured for millennia.  For me, it is truly inspiring that our new pope has taken the name of Francis, the saint who lived a simple life of humility and charity, setting an example for how to make God's love visible to all, especially those in despair or pain.

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