I write this the day after hearing Pope
Francis greet the crowd at St. Peter's
Square, saying, "Let us pray for each
other, let us pray for the entire world
because there is great brotherhood in
That the Holy Father has chosen
the name "Francis" has touched so
The pope's name, in recent
decades, has taken on symbolic references
signaling, in instances, homage
to a predecessor or to a saint who
inspired the Supreme Pontiff. Pope
Francis has highlighted one of the
most popular saints in Christendom,
Francis of Assisi (1181–1226), who
continues to capture the hearts of
Christians and even unbelievers as an
example of the poor servant Christ
who came in our midst to ransom us for the love of the Father
Undoubtedly, as Pope Francis continues his pastoral ministry
to the poor and marginalized, he will bring attention to the
Church's first article of its job description, namely, preaching the
Gospel to the poor.
The affection and prayers of the world's Catholics have
immediately circled the successor to Saint Peter. We are grateful
to the Holy Spirit, whom we believe has pointed to God's selection
of a universal shepherd for these times.
Those in Hispanic ministry see
Pope Francis as a bridge builder during
our time. You will want to read the
article, "Sign of Hope to Latinos,
World" on page 16 of the magazine.
As Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, the
pope was known as an evangelizer.
Surely, his embrace of the New
Evangelization was a reason the cardinals
In this issue, Hosffman Ospino
writes that evangelization requires
embracing other cultures. The article
"The New Evangelization in a Diverse
Church: Culture Matters," notes that it
is essential to recognize the cultures
among us. "It is important," he states,
"to pay attention to the various
dynamics of culture that shape people's
lives and how they enter in relationship
During this fiftieth anniversary year of the Second Vatican
Council, My Journal of the Council, by Yves Congar, provides
insight into the author's work as a peritus. In the book's nearly
1,000 pages, Congar expresses his loneliness amidst the endless
work. You will want to read Stephen Wilbricht's review of
May all of us feel blessed through the election of Pope
Bishop Joseph N. Perry
Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago
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