The President's Message on the Election of Pope Francis I 

Release Date: Wednesday, March 13, 2013

The Chestnut Hill College Community offers its prayers and support for His Holiness, Pope Francis, on his election to the Papacy. Saint Francis of Assisi, whose name he chose, was exhorted by God to “rebuild my Church.” May Pope Francis follow in the footsteps of his namesake and rebuild the Catholic Church upon the rock of love, inclusivity, reconciliation, and unity. In the words of Pope Francis’ religious father, Saint Ignatius of Loyola, may he by his example and teaching, inspire all people to embrace the magis.


Carol Jean Vale, SSJ, Ph.D. 


March 13, 2013


Pope Francis IArgentinian Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires was named leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics on Wednesday, March 13, after being elected pope. He will be known as Pope Francis I.


The son of an Italian immigrant and a doctrinal conservative, the 76-year-old Jesuit - the first non-European pope of the modern era - was introduced to the world – in Latin - from the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica in front of tens of thousands gathered in the square below.


In a lifetime of teaching and leading priests in Latin America, which has the largest share of the world's Catholics, Bergoglio has shown a keen political sensibility as well as the kind of self-effacing humility that fellow cardinals value highly, says his official biographer, Sergio Rubin.

  • Cardinal since: Feb. 21, 2001
  • Chosen name: Francis I
  • Birth date: Dec. 17, 1936
  • Place of birth: Buenos Aires
  • Best known for: Being a vocal advocate for the poor