14 March 2013
Yesterday we all received a great announcement: Habemus papam! Card. Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Archbishop of Buenos Aires (Argentina), was elected Supreme Pontiff of the Catholic Church. It is a great novelty by being the first American Pope, Jesuit and under the name “Francis”. Therefore, the whole Church rejoices at the 266th successor of Peter and thanks him for his willingness and devotion. But ICCRS and worldwide Catholic Charismatic Renewal should rejoice twice!!! Card. Bergoglio has been a father and pastor to the CCR in Argentina and we are convinced that he will be so for all the people of God. In 2010, he approved the Statutes of the CCR in Argentina, which state institutionally in a country—for the first time ever— that CCR is a current of grace. Alleluia! As for us, we assure him our fervent intercession and our firmest support in his pontificate. Praised be our Lord Jesus Christ and blessed be his Holy Mother!