These Latin words rang out across the world yesterday: we have a pope.
We are very grateful to God for the gift of Pope Francis. In all likelihood he will represent to us a beautiful spirit for the Catholic Church and the world in the years to come; a spirit of humility, a spirit of charity reaching out to the poor and the lowly.
This spirit of our new pope is one that will certainly ring out in the heart of every bishop, every priest, every layperson and every consecrated person in the church.
It is a beautiful occasion during Lent to have this signal from God, that this is the conversion that all of us must work toward.
Today, Thursday, I will celebrate the 12:05 mass at Corpus Christi Cathedral in Thanksgiving for our newly elected pope. If you are able to join me I welcome you to come; if not please join us in prayer for our new Holy Father.
Let us continue to pray for Pope Emeritus Benedict, for the gift he has been to us over the past years.
May God bless each one of you, may your Lent continue to be a moment of true conversion and may Christ reign in each of our hearts in the church and in the world.
God bless you this day and always.