Here is a statement from the general director of the Legionaries of Christ on the election of Pope Francis.
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The Cardinal protodeacon filled us all with joy when he announced that Pope Francis has taken the helm of the Bark of Peter. All the Legionaries of Christ and members of Regnum Christi throughout the world would like to welcome him as an expression of our unconditional filial adherence to his person and his ministry. The simplicity and humility with which he addressed all of us in St. Peter’s Square reinforced the affection that we had already given him in faith.
Benedict XVI reminded us on February 11 that the Petrine ministry demands strength of soul and body. For this reason, on my own part and in the name of the whole Regnum Christi Movement, I would like to offer our prayers and our collaboration to carry on the task of evangelizing. We unite ourselves to all the faithful of the Church and to men and women of good will to support and accompany the 265th successor of St. Peter in his ministry.
Love for the Pope and fidelity to him have always been a very meaningful part of our spiritual patrimony. In the Vicar of Christ, we have found a sure beacon that has guided us through the storms of our recent history. I ask the Lord to grant us the grace of knowing how to walk “in step with the Church,” docile not only to the directives of the Pope, but also his desires.
Thank you Lord, for the gift of Pope Francis!
Fr. Sylvester Heereman, LC
Vicar General of the Legion of Christ and Regnum Christi