CAFOD Director Chris Bain has warmly welcomed the election of Pope Francis as the new Pope, and hailed the vital role he will play in leading the Church’s mission to fight for development and justice in countries around the world.
Speaking from the Vatican City, where he has been attending meetings with Caritas colleagues, Chris Bain said:
“To have a pope from Argentina, from Latin America, is a momentous decision. This is a time of great joy for Catholics around the world – demonstrating that we are a universal church, one that is understanding of the fact that most of the church lives outside Europe and North America.
“This choice of Pope puts service to the poor and tackling injustice at the forefront of the Church’s mission in the world. Pope Francis brings with him great hope.”