SJU Celebrates Election of Pope Francis

Thursday, March 14, 2013

More than 1 billion Catholics witnessed the introduction of a new pope yesterday. Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio has been elected as the new leader of the church. He will be known as Pope Francis and will be officially installed on March 19, the Feast of Saint Joseph.

Pope Francis, the former Archbishop of Buenos Aires, is the first Pontiff to hail from the American continent and the first to come from the Jesuit order. As a Catholic, Jesuit university, Saint Joseph's is excited to welcome the new papal leader. C. Kevin Gillespie, S.J. '72, president of Saint Joseph's University, released the following statement:

"This is a time of celebration -- of our faith, of our respective missions and of the Jesuit tradition. We offer congratulations to Pope Francis and look forward to a period of great community in the Church. We share the world's fascination with the new Pontiff as he embraces the enormous challenges of our times in the humble spirit of Ignatius."

In the clip below, 6ABC visits campus to hear from papal expert William Madges, Ph.D., dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and to get reaction from students. Skip to 2:12 to watch.

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