The American Catholic Church in the United States | Press Release on Election of Francis I
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Press Release on Election of Francis I

A Message From The Office Of The Presiding Archbishop

 Congratulations on the Election of Francis I – Bishop of Rome


 13 MAR 2013 – Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Lent

For Immediate Release


RE: Congratulations on the Election of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio as Bishop of Rome Francis I


 As Presiding Archbishop of the American Catholic Church in the United States, I wish the new Patriarch of the West, Francis I well in his new ministry.


As Bishop Among Equals, he carries the same duties and expectations as any Bishop who was Consecrated to the Office. I pray that Francis I will serve All the People of God with love and Compassion and lead the Holy Roman Catholic Church into a new direction which is all inclusive and protects God’s people from all abuses.


May God Bless Francis I and give him many years!

Most Rev. William A. Johnson, D.D.
Presiding Archbishop – ACCUS