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The election of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who has taken the name Francis, marks a great milestone in our church. As successor to Peter, our first pope, Pope Francis stands as the figure of unity for all Catholics wherever they reside.
The bishops of the United States and the people of our 195 dioceses offer prayers for our new leader and promise allegiance to him. Intense prayer from all around the world surrounded the election of Pope Francis.
The bishops of the United States thank God for the guidance of the Holy Spirit and the inspired choice of the College of Cardinals.With joy in our hearts, we declare "Ad Multos Annos!" (For many years!)
Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, President, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Read the pope's teaching on the proclamation of the Gospel.
2013, Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel) has sold to date over 51,000
copies from the USCCB bookstore and shot to the number one position in the Amazon
categories of Christian Leadership, Christian Faith, and Catholicism, where it also
received over 50 five-star ratings, making it one of the most popular religious
books available early this year on Amazon.
Quotes include "thought provoking," and "I am an evangelical protestant but it is my fervent hope that this 'exhortation' will be widely read across the community of Christ throughout the world."
In Pope Francis' scope for this exhortation, he says: "I am reaping the rich fruits of the Synod's labors." The XIII Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops gathered Oct. 7-28, 2012 to discuss the theme: The New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith, Francis continues, "I intend to express my own concerns about this particular chapter of the Church's work of evangelization" (EG, nos. 14 and 16).
Read the pope’s Wednesday catecheses from April 2013, starting with Palm Sunday 2013, to June 2013, right before World Youth Day in Brazil. Be transported to St. Peter’s Square and listen to Pope Francis teachings, his simple and profound insights for our modern world.
Pope Francis' first encyclical, which he has said is largely the work of retired Pope Benedict XVI, was released on July 5, 2013.
Lumen Fidei (The Light of Faith) was presented at aJuly 5 Vatican news conference featuring Cardinal Marc Ouellet, prefect of the Congregation of Bishops; Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Muller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith; and Archbishop Rino Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization,
An encyclical on faith was long expected as the last volume in Pope Benedict's trilogy on the three "theological virtues," following his encyclicals "Deus Caritas Est" (2005) on charity, and "Spe Salvi" (2007) on hope.
"It's an encyclical written with four hands, so to speak, because Pope Benedict began writing it and he gave it to me," Pope Francis said. "It's a strong document. I will say in it that I received it and most of the work was done by him and I completed it."Read Lumen Fidei | Order copies from USCCB | News Release
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