March 13, 2013 3:30p.m. EDT --- (Wilmington, Delaware) --- The Most Reverend W. Francis Malooly Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Wilmington has released the following statement on the occasion of the election of His Holiness, Pope Francis:
It was with great joy that I heard the news that our Cardinals, inspired by the Holy Spirit, have elected Pope Francis to guide the Catholic Church as the Vicar of Christ. I ask the people of Delaware and Marylandís Eastern Shore to join me, and Catholics around the world, in prayer for Pope Francis, that God will bless this new successor to St. Peter. We are confident that with Godís help, Pope Francis will have the grace and strength to lead our Church in these times of challenge.
The Bishop will be available for media interviews on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Church, Cedar and Clayton Streets in Wilmington, Delaware. He will then celebrate Mass in honor of the Election of Pope Francis and St. Patrickís Day.
The Catholic Diocese of Wilmington was established in 1868 and comprises 57 parishes, 18 missions and 30 schools serving the State of Delaware and the nine counties of Marylandís Eastern Shore. There are over 233,000 Catholics in the diocese. Information about the diocese is available at www.cdow.org on the Internet.
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