On March 19, Francis I will be installed at the Catholic Church's 266th pope. The former Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected by the College of Cardinals last week to succeed Pope Benedict XVI. Since then, I have read the many accounts of the accolades and messages of congratulations that the "pope of the people" has received.
As president of Glenmary, I would like to offer ours as well. But offering "congratulations" somehow does not seem to be the proper way to express our joy in his election. After all, it is not as though the archbishop—who prizes simplicity, compassion and humility—was in pursuit of worldly honor. Following his election, he dined with the cardinals who had elected him and joked: "May God forgive you for what you have done!"
I want to offer Glenmary's prayerful best wishes to this humble man who has generously and courageously accepted this call to guide the Church as Servus Servorum Dei—Servant of the Servants of God. Our prayers are with you, Pope Francis.