Development and Peace welcomes the election of Pope Francis

Development and Peace welcomes with joy the news of the election of the first Pope from Latin America to the throne of Saint-Peter. The simplicity with which Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio has lived his life and the choice of his title in honour of the humble Saint-Francis of Assisi, provide us with inspiration.

In continuity with the actions of Pope Benedict XVI, we are confident that Pope Francis will continue to place the poor at the heart of the Church’s actions.

We would like to offer our prayers and support to Pope Francis, as well as to the universal Church in this period of transition. We hope that the Pope feels the joy and love that we dedicate to him at this time.