A Message From
The Office Of The Presiding Archbishop
Election of Francis I - Bishop of Rome
March 13, 2013
13 MAR 13 Ė 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 Godís people from all abuses.
May God Bless Francis I and give him many years!
Most Rev. William A. Johnson, D.D.
Presiding Archbishop - ACCUS