Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is praising the selection of Archbishop Jorge Bergoglio to head the Catholic Church as the new pope.
From McConnell’s office:
“Catholics across Kentucky and the entire U.S. celebrate the election of Pope Francis I, and I join Americans of all faiths to congratulate him on becoming the spiritual leader of the world’s more than one billion Catholics.
As a voice of clarity and force on the great moral challenges of our time, the Pope plays a uniquely constructive role in world affairs, and as a herald of the Christian message of charity and reconciliation he calls all of us to a greater recognition of the inherent dignity of all men and women.
We wish him health, happiness, and strength in facing up to the responsibilities and the burdens of his office.”
Besides being the first pope from Latina America, observers note that picking “Pope Francis I” as a name is a signal the new pontiff seeks to advocate for the poor.