· The good wishes of Brother Alois ·
The following is a translation from French of the declaration of Brother Alois, Prior of Taiz é, on the election of Pope Francis.
In St Peter's Square in Rome, amidst the vast crowd of Romans and pilgrims from numerous countries, I was deeply delighted with Pope Francis' first words. We were expecting something new of this election and we have not been disappointed. The origin of this first Pope, “from the ends of the earth”, expresses the Church's universal dimension. The name he has chosen evokes the joy and love for the poorest people which motivated Francis of Assisi and which to this day have been the centre of his life in Argentina.
He draws his vision of the relations between the people and their Bishop from the faith of the Christians of Latin America. “And now we take up this journey: Bishop and People. This journey of the Church of Rome which presides in charity over all the Churches. A journey of fraternity, of love, of trust among us”, he said, emphasizing his mission as Bishop of Rome. All those in the square were visibly impressed by the fact that before blessing them the new Pope asked for their prayers, bowing his head and keeping a long silence. In asking them to pray for Benedict XVI his predecessor, he combined concern for continuity with a promise of innovation. With the whole crowd present to greet and welcome him, I was moved that he broadened our attention to global dimensions by saying “”Let us pray for the whole world, that there may be a great spirit of fraternity”.
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