Marquette Univ. president comments on selection of Pope Francis

CREATED Mar 13, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - With the world's eyes on Vatican City, Catholics in Milwaukee have been responding to the choice for a new pope.

Rev. Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., president of Marquette University released a statement Wednesday on the selection.

As president of a Catholic, Jesuit institution, it was a historic moment to hear the conclave’s choice of Cardinal Bergoglio of Argentina, the first-ever Jesuit pope and the first pope from the Western Hemisphere. The pope is the face of Catholicism and a servant of God for the entire world. I’m confident Pope Francis – who has made it his life’s ministry to connect with the poor and the suffering – will represent the perspectives of a truly global faith community in a world that is more interconnected and diverse than ever before.

This is a moment of great faith for Catholics worldwide. It can serve as a spark to ignite a renewed sense of energy and passion into the Catholic Church, and especially young people, who will be the future of the Church. It is a renewal of the commitment we have made to lead our lives for the greater glory of God and the wellbeing of the world.

The day-to-day work of the Catholic faithful continues as it has for thousands of years. The work Marquette University does to educate the next generation of leaders as one of the largest Catholic universities in the United States is renewed and reinvigorated.