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3/14/2013
DIOCESE OF DES MOINES

Statement of Bishop Richard Pates Bishop of Des Moines on the occasion of the election of Pope Francis I

The Diocese of Des Moines joins the Church and world in jubilation with the election of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergogolio who has taken the name of Pope Francis I.

Pope Francis has served as Archbishop of Buenos Airessince 1998. His election signals the universality of the Church as an Argentinian and South American now follows in succession of a Polish and then a German Pope.

Pope Francis studied chemistry before entering the seminary. He thus brings the background of a scientist to bear molding that interest with an Ignation spirituality and an effective pastoral background as an Archbishop.

The Holy Father's personal history and first impressions as Pope convey that of a person gifted intellectually blended with the simplicity and spirit of Jesus. His election, I believe, is providential for our times and will support the deepest values of our humanity.

The Diocese of Des Moines pledges support and prayer for the new Pope. We pray that his years as Pope will be abundantly blessed for the benefit of all.

The Diocese of Des Moines includes 81 parishes in 23 counties in central and southwest Iowa.

Statement of Bishop Bates in Spanish
Declaración del Obispo Richard Pates

Obispo de Des Moines Por motivo de la elección del Papa Francisco I

La Diócesis de Des Moines se une al júbilo de la Iglesia y el Mundo por la elección del Cardenal Jorge Mario Bergoglio quien ha sido nombrado Papa Francisco I

El Papa Francisco ha servido como Arzobispo de Buenos Aires desde 1998. Su elección señala la universalidad de la Iglesia siendo argentino y sudamericano ahora sigue en sucesión al Papa de Polonia y ahora al Papa de Alemania

El Papa Francisco estudio química antes de entrar al seminario. El entonces trae el respaldo del estudio científico, y de esa manera lo hizo moldear su interés con una espiritualidad ignaciana y una historia de una pastoral eficaz como Arzobispo.

La historia personal del Santo Padre y la primera impresión como Papa se nos presenta como una persona con talento intelectual combinado en la simplicidad y el Espíritu de Jesús. Su elección, yo creo, es providencial para nuestros tiempos y apoyara los profundos valores de nuestra humanidad.

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(CONTACT: Anne Marie Cox, Office of Communications, Diocese of Des Moines, 515-237-5057, communications@dmdiocese.org)

 

 

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