We are excited about the selection of our new Pope, Francis I. Throughout his life, he has been known for his concern for the poor and his work to bring relief to those who are suffering.
Known in the church for his humility, Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, even after becoming Archbishop of Argentina, chose to live in a modest apartment, ride the bus, and regularly visit the poor. He has long been outspoken about the injustice of social structures that perpetuate poverty. He has been quoted saying that “extreme poverty is a violation of human rights” and that the “government and other organizations should […] work to create the social conditions that will promote and protect the rights of the poor and enable them to be the builders of their own future”.
Our mission at St. Vincent de Paul is to bring tangible aid and comfort to those who are most in need in our communities. We are looking forward to the inspiration and example of good works for those in need that our new leader will bring to our communities of faith throughout the world.
 Rice-Oxley, Mark. “Pope Francis: The humble pontiff with a practical approach to poverty.” The Guardian (UK). March 13, 2012. http://www.catholicsun.org/2013/03/13/argentine-cardinal-bergoglio-elected-pope-takes-name-francis/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=argentine-cardinal-bergoglio-elected-pope-takes-name-francis
 “Argentine Cardinal Bergoglio Elected Pope, Takes Name Francis.” The Catholic Sun. March 13, 2013. http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/extreme_poverty_is_also_a_violation_of_human_rights_says_argentinean_cardinal/
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