Viva Papa Francesco!

Viva Papa Francesco!

Catholic Citizens of Illinois greets with joy, loyalty and hope our new Holy Father Pope Francis.

There are a number of his qualities which are particularly promising for very effective leadership of the Church in a spiritual renewal at this critical moment in our history:

1. His deep and classic Ignatian spirituality: Bergoglio has been imbued and formed in the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola. That spirituality fosters single-minded and absolute dedication to God in union with the Magisterium of the Church, and rejection of whatever leads the soul away from God. It engages the whole person and all his or her talents in selfless service to the Almighty. Paradoxically, his firm commitment to the classic Ignatian ideal sometimes placed him at odds with others in the Society of Jesus who thought that dedication anachronistic. Nevertheless Bergoglio held firm, and with classic Ignatian will power and spiritual abandonment, remained committed to the fullness of Catholic faith and morals.