April 1, 2013
Potawatomi Archbishop Reacts
to Naming of First Pope from the
Condensed by Native Village
Italy: Jorge Bergoglia, 76, the Cardinal of Argentina, has been elected to be the new pope of the Roman Catholic Church. He has chosen the name of Pope Francis I.
“As you know, the duty of the conclave was to appoint a bishop of Rome, and it seems to me that my brother cardinals went to fetch him at the end of the world,” he said. “But here I am.”
Statement of Archbishop Charles J. Chaput Upon the Election of New Pontiff, Pope Francis
The Most Reverend Archbishop Charles C. Chaput serves the Roman Catholic Diocese of Philadelphia. A citizen of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, Reverend Chaput is the nation's only American Indian Catholic archbishop.
Ifirst met our new Holy Father at Rome's 1997 Synod for America, and still have a gift from him, a portrait of Mary, the mother of Jesus, on my desk.
Pope Francis, the former Cardinal Bergoglio, is a man from the new heartland of the global Church; a priest of extraordinary intellectual and cultural strengths; a man deeply engaged in the issues of contemporary life and able to speak to the modern heart; open to the new realities the Church faces; and rooted in a deep love of Jesus Christ.
He is a wonderful choice; a pastor God sends not just to the Church but to every person of good will who honestly yearns for justice, peace and human dignity in our time.
May God grant him courage and joy, and sustain him with his divine presence. And may Catholics in Philadelphia and around the world lift him up with our prayers.
Statement from the St. Kateri Center in Chicago
Last October a
delegation from the
Center of Chicago visited Rome for the
canonization of Kateri Tekakwitha, a
Mohawk woman who lived in the
1600s, to sainthood by Pope
Pope Francis I, formerly Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, is a Jesuit. The Jesuit Order is the Order that catechized Kateri Tekakwitha and brought her into the Catholic Church. St. Francis of Assisi, who the new Pope is named after was a reformer of the church and believed that we are all part of creation and that we are all related. He is the Patron Saint of Ecology as is our very own Kateri Tekakwitha.
We are reminded of our time in Rome not even six months ago. Our footprints were there in the Sistine Chapel with the Princes of the Church as they voted for a new pontiff. We believe our prayers were with them during the conclave.
Through the intercessions of these two Holy Saints we pray that the new Holy Father will Wii-niibna-bemaadizijig-ji-maamwi-yaa'aad. Will bring many people together – Ojibwe.
St. Kateri Center of Chicago prays that the Great Spirit be with all of us. Mii-geing (Amen).
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