131st Supreme Convention

HONORING POPE FRANCIS

WHEREAS, Jorge Mario Bergolio was born in Argentina on December 17, 1936 and entered the Society of Jesus as a novice in 1958; and

WHEREAS, he was ordained a priest on December 13, 1969, and served in many positions including as Provincial Superior of the Society of Jesus in Argentina from 1973 to 1979; and

WHEREAS, in 1992 he was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Buenos Aires by Blessed Pope John Paul II and, on February 28, 1998, became Archbishop of Buenos Aires; and

WHEREAS, during his tenure as Archbishop of Buenos Aires, he served concurrently as the Ordinary for Eastern Catholics in Argentina and, from 2005 to 2011, was President of the Argentine Episcopal Conference; and

WHEREAS, on February 21, 2001, Blessed John Paul II elevated him to the College of Cardinals, naming him Cardinal Priest of San Roberto Bellarmino; and

WHEREAS, in May 2007, Cardinal Bergolio was the lead author of the “Aparecida Document” following the Fifth General Conference of the Bishops of Latin America and the Caribbean in Aparecida, Brazil, which addressed the need for confirming, renewing, and revitalizing the newness of the Gospel to Catholics in the Americas; and

WHEREAS, on March 13, 2013, His Eminence Jorge Mario Cardinal Bergolio was elected the Successor of St. Peter as Vicar of Christ and the 266th Supreme Pontiff and Bishop of Rome, choosing the name Francis; and

WHEREAS, Pope Francis is the first pope from the American hemisphere, the first to be a priest of the Society of Jesus, and the first pope to be ordained to the priesthood after the close of the Second Vatican Council, and

WHEREAS, in the homily at his Inaugural Mass, Pope Francis called on all Catholics to be examples of Christian love to their fellow man and to imitate the example of St. Joseph in answering God’s call to be true custodians of one another; and

WHEREAS, in his first encyclical, Lumen Fidei, he has called all the faithful to recognize that the Christian faith is rooted in a love for God and, as a result, compels all the faithful to be true evangelizers of God’s love.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Knights of Columbus extends warm congratulations to Pope Francis on his election as Supreme Pontiff and renews its commitment to the Holy Father to be the “strong right arm of the Church”; and

FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Knights of Columbus extends warm congratulations to Pope Francis on his election as Supreme Pontiff and renews its commitment to the Holy Father to be the “strong right arm of the Church”; and

FURTHER RESOLVED, that we will remain steadfast in our support for the Holy Father as we answer his call to be examples of Christian love and leaders who exemplify the virtue of charity; and

FURTHER RESOLVED, that we remain always faithful in our support of our bishops and priests in defending the Church from those who threaten her identity and mission; and

FURTHER RESOLVED, that Knights of Columbus stand in solidarity with Pope Francis in praying for the sick, distressed, and impoverished throughout the world and recommit ourselves to serving those in need wherever we are present; and

FURTHER RESOLVED, that Knights of Columbus, along with their families, commit ourselves to prayers of thanksgiving to our heavenly Father for the great gift that Pope Francis is to the Church and to the world; and

FURTHER RESOLVED, that we call upon the entire Order to express our solidarity with the Holy Father through a commitment to prayer, fasting and acts of charity for the intention that God may protect him from his enemies and grant him the courage and wisdom to guide the Church in these turbulent times; and

FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Knights of Columbus will never waver in its commitment to defend the Holy Father and assist him in his pastoral mission of bringing the Good News of Jesus Christ to the world.