Here is a translation of the statement released by the initiators of the Neocatechumenal Way regarding the election of His Holiness, Pope Francis.
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The initiators and responsibles of the Neocatechumenal Way, Kiko Argüello, Carmen Hernández and Fr. Mario Pezzi, wish to express their joy for the election of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio as the new Pontiff of the Church, His Holiness Francis:
“The name that he has chosen as Pope is already a glimpse of the pontificate that he will bring forth: simplicity and humility,” Kiko Argüello said. “We are convinced that he is a providential Pope for these times and he will bring the Gospel tirelessly around the world. He has always been close to the Way and to us, the initiators, he has always shown his affection and expressed his support. On various occasions, he has presided over celebrations of the Neocatechumenal communities of Buenos Aires, such as the 40th Anniversary Eucharist in 2008.
Pope Francis will be a tireless herald of the Gospel. He is without a doubt a great hope for the Church, and all the people of the Neocatechumenal Way will pray for him and for his pontificate.”[Translation by Junno Arocho Esteves]