Bishop Monforton 2013 Pope Election
2013 Election of Pope Francis
Statement from Bishop Jeffrey M. Monforton
Today came the joyful news of the gift of the Holy Spirit in the person of Pope Francis. Since the announcement of the resignation of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, we have prayed incessantly for God’s guidance of the cardinal electors for the next successor of St. Peter.
Pope Francis comes to us from Buenos Aires, Argentina, but now is the Vicar of Christ and for whom I am most delighted to serve as one of his bishops. The church in South America has blessed us with one of its sons to bear witness to a world that there is always hope. How appropriate the papal election occurs as we approach closer the end of Lent, the top of the Easter mountain, in which all of