As Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle, I welcome the news that the church has a new Pope. Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio has been announced as Pope Francis. In the coming days I look forward to knowing more about Pope Francis, and why God has chosen him for this ministry in the church at this present time.
I ask Catholics of the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle to pray for Pope Francis; pray that he is given the wisdom and strength to lead and guide our church wisely.
Despite all the speculation about who might become the next Pope, the outcome of the conclave has once again been a surprise.
We put our trust in the work of the Holy Spirit and pray that Pope Francis will lead us well, bring us closer to God and be a great witness to Christ in the world of today.
Statement from Bishop Bill Wright,
Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle
Thursday 14 March, 2013