Catholic faithful in Enugu hail emergence of Pope Francis 1
Enugu – Many catholic faithful in Enugu city have expressed satisfaction with Wednesday’s election of Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio as the 266th Pope of the Catholic Church.
Some of those who spoke on Wednesday praised God for granting their prayers on the successful choice of the new pontiff.
Mrs Flora Chibuzo who worships at Carmelite Church, GRA in Enugu, expressed optimism that the new pontiff would bring peace and unity to the world.
“He looks like a humble person and I hope and pray that peace and unity will come to the world through him. We should all pray for him to succeed as he requested,’’ she said.
Mr Joe Ozonweke, a member of the Holy Cross Parish at Abakpa Nike, described the emergence of the new pope as a blessing to the Catholic Church in particular and the world in general.
Ozonweke prayed that the new Pope discharges his pontifical duties to the glory of God and urged him to address issues concerning the promotion of peace in the world.
Mr Ikem Odenigbo and Mrs Lilian Udeani, both catholic faithful, also hailed the emergence of the new Pope known as Francis 1.
According to Odenigbo, the Pope’s adopted name portends a new leaf for the church.
“The name Francis, taken after St. Francis of Assisi, depicted humility and peace. I pray that it will come to fruition during his reign,’’ he said.
Udeani also described the name as wonderful, saying that it was high time a Pope answered a new name.
“I like the name, it is a wonderful decision. I encourage him to ensure peace, unity and ecumenism in the world,’’ she said.
Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, 76, was until his new position the Archbishop of Buenos Aires.
He adopted the name Francis 1 following his election, and he is the first South American and non-European to emerge as Pope in the history of the Catholic Church.(NAN