Fairfield University President Issues Statement on Election of Pope Francis

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Fairfield University President, the Rev. Jeffrey P. von Arx, S.J., issued the following statement upon the selection of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina as the 266th pope, Pope Francis

Fairfield University President Rev. Jeffrey P. von Arx, S.J.,

The election of a pope from Latin America is an historic precedent. As Pope Francis I is a member of the Society of Jesus, this is a time for great humility and gratitude for our Society.

Fairfield University President, the Rev. Jeffrey P. von Arx, S.J., issued the following statement upon the selection of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina as the 266th pope:

“We join our brothers and sisters in Christ around the globe in saluting Pope Francis. At this historic moment for the Church, we offer prayers for strength, wisdom, and courage for our new Pope as he assumes this great and sacred responsibility. In these complex and challenging times, there is an opportunity for renewal and reflection. The election of a pope from Latin America is an historic precedent and an expression of optimism and courage on the part of the Conclave. As Pope Francis I is a member of the Society of Jesus, this is a time for great humility and gratitude for our Society. With God’s guidance, may he lead the Church to greater unity and faithfulness to her Lord and become an inspirational leader, not only for his flock, but indeed, for the world.”

Fairfield University is a Jesuit University, rooted in one of the world’s oldest intellectual and spiritual traditions. More than 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students from 36 states, 47 foreign countries, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico are enrolled in the University’s five schools. In the spirit of rigorous and sympathetic inquiry into all dimensions of human experience, Fairfield welcomes students from diverse backgrounds to share ideas and engage in open conversations. The University is located in Fairfield, Connecticut, in the heart of a region where the future takes shape, on a stunning campus on the Connecticut coast just an hour from New York City.

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