Our new Pope Francis from Argentina has asked us to pray for him in his first address. Let us thank God for this wonderful new Pope!
And, let us ask God to send him all the graces and guidance, courage and patience, love and wisdom that he will need to steer our Holy Roman Catholic Church.
I just returned from a special Mass of Thanksgiving at Holy Name Cathedral presided over by Bishop (or Archbishop) Goedert and concelebrated in which the Bishop gave part of the sermon and then turned it over to the Vicar General of the Jesuits in Chicago who told us a bit about our new Pope and the 3 Francis's he took his name from. After Communion, the choir sang the Prayer of St. Francis - absolutely beautiful! And, this Mass was covered by every TV news team in the city (there must have been over 20 cameras set up inside) and outside the yellow/white papal bunting over the doors of the Cathedral. What a blessing that the Cathedral is my Church that I can celebrate these occasions! All the intentions of the Mass were for our new Pope Francis!
I can just imagine how beautiful the Mass was, Patricia. I love Holy Name Cathedral and can't enough of it when I visited last January. God bless Pope Francis!
Let us continue praying for Pope Francis today as he starts his new ministry as Pope to the entire world!