Archbishop expresses “great joy” at election of Pope Francis

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Immediately upon learning of the Election of the new Pope, Archbishop Nichols said:

“On behalf of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, I wish to express my great joy at the news of the election of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, S.J., as the 265th Successor of St Peter and Supreme Pontiff of the Catholic Church.” 
“As he begins his new Apostolic ministry, as the Bishop of Rome and Shepherd of the universal Church, Pope Francis may be assured of the prayers and loving support of the Catholic community throughout England and Wales.”