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Leaders across the world celebrated the election as a historic moment that makes the Church more universal

Thursday, March 14th 2013 - 08:46 UTC
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President Rousseff said that Brazil as the country with the largest number of Catholics looked forward to hosting Francis I in Rio de Janeiro during the World Youth Day in July President Rousseff said that Brazil as the country with the largest number of Catholics looked forward to hosting Francis I in Rio de Janeiro during the World Youth Day in July

Leaders across the world celebrated the election of Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio as the new Pope, considering it a “historical moment” and a fact that makes the “Church more universal than ever.”

Latin American Presidents as Colombia's Juan Manuel Santos and Ecuadorean Rafael Correa praised the election of Pope Francis, the first Latin American Pope.

Correa used his Twitter account to celebrate the election and stated “We have a Latin American Pope! We live a historical moment! Long live Francis I!”

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff congratulated Argentina for the election of Francis and looked forward to hosting the new pontiff in Rio de Janeiro during the World Youth Day in July.

”(As) the largest country in the number of Catholics, Brazil keenly followed the conclave and the election of the first Latin American pope“ Rousseff said

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto showed his support to the new Pope by saying ”Our respect to Pope Francis I, Vatican Head of State,“ and also assured in his Twitter account that he hopes ”to have a cordial and close relation“ with the new pontiff.

Peña Nieto is planning to travel to the Vatican to assist to the inauguration mass, which will be held on March 19.

Venezuela's caretaker president Nicolas Maduro saw the hand of late leader Hugo Chavez in the choice of the conclave of cardinals.

”We know our commander ascended into those heights and is standing before Christ. He must have exerted some influence for a South American pope to be elected,“ Maduro said.

Meanwhile, US President Barack Obama stated that the election of the Argentine Pope ”demonstrates the strength and vitality of a region that is gaining influence in the world.

“I look forward to working with His Holiness to advance peace, security, and dignity for our fellow human beings,” he said.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose country produced Bergoglio's predecessor, Benedict XVI, said she was “especially happy for the Christians of Latin America.”

Italian President Giorgio Napolitano, who was close to Bergoglio's predecessor, said he was struck “by the simplicity” of the pope's first public address, while outgoing Prime Minister Mario Monti stressed the pontiff's Italian origins.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that the church and the U.N. shared “many common goals” and that he hoped Pope Francis would continue Benedict's efforts to promote “inter-faith dialogue”.

UK PM David Cameron affirmed via his Twitter account that the election was ”transcendental,“ shortly after the official announcement.

The Spanish Head of State, Mariano Rajoy, congratulated the new pontiff Francis I, convinced that he will contribute ”decisively to a better world,“ and showed his availability to strengthen the relations with the Holy See.

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas invited Pope Francis to visit Bethlehem, birthplace of Jesus Christ.

World Jewish Congress president Ronald Lauder said the pope was ”no stranger“ to Jewish communities, adding he expected Francis to continue fighting anti-Semitism.

The cardinal had ”always had an open ear for our concerns,“ Lauder said.

The National Bishops' Conference of Brazil, which has the world's biggest Catholic population, saw the winds of change blowing through the Vatican.

The election of a Latin American showed ”the Church is opening up, that it is devoted to the whole Church and not just to Europe's,” Leonardo Steiner, secretary-general of the conference said.

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  • CaptainSilver

    Dare any of them say anything else if they want those Catholic votes. Politicians will say anything in this situation, they are all hypocrites. I sincerely hope that catholic mumbo jumbo continues shrinking as it has been one of the most evil beliefs that has wreaked war, poverty and ignorance on mankind continuously for the last 2000 years.

    Mar 14th, 2013 - 09:32 am 0
  • Bongo

    Ah, CaptainSilver, perhaps you prefer great atheist leaders such as Stalin, Hitler and Pol Pot who collectively slaughtered more people and caused more misery than any religion ever did.

    Alternatively why don't you go and keep Kim Jong company over in North Korea? They don't like religion there either. And there was always communist China, though Christianity, thankfully, is now enjoying a renaissance there.

    As for ignorance, go and research the significant contributions made to science and mathematics by both Christianity and Islam over “the past 2000 years” before spouting any more of your secular mumbo jumbo.

    Congratulations to Catholics on the election of Pope Francis I.

    Mar 14th, 2013 - 10:03 am 0
  • CaptainSilver

    I prefer the sentiments of John Lennons Imagine..... Rather than superstition, and that doesn't have to mean sympathy with odious dictators. Remembering the torture and imprisonment of Gallilio makes your ridiculous assertions about religions contribution to science ludicrous. It's universally anti scientific. From Darwin to Dawkins and from Dr Cox to Patrick Moore, all religious superstition is a busted flush.

    Mar 14th, 2013 - 10:10 am 0
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