I received the news about the election of the Pope and his chosen name of Francis with great hope and joy. That he wants to be addressed as Bishop of Rome is another hopeful sign.
I have today sent a message to him assuring him of our prayers and that we would be specially commending him to God’s grace and blessing at the services in St Paul’s Cathedral tomorrow.
The Pope is the only Christian leader who can convene the whole world of faiths and what he says is still quickly communicated around the globe. The meeting which John Paul II organised in Assisi, the city of Francis, was powerful evidence of this.
A Christian community reaching out to allies throughout the world in defence of our fragile earth; on behalf of the poor and in the cause of justice would indeed be a blessing.