PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Read Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh Bishop David Zubik’s full statement on the election of Pope Francis.

“Habemus Papam”: We have a pope!

We prayerfully and joyfully welcome Pope Francis, the 265th successor of Saint Peter as Supreme Pastor of the Universal Church.

Our new Holy Father brings with him the experience of a dedicated pastor who has served the Church so well in his many years of ordained ministry. That experience – and the rock-steady faith that has guided him – will be his comfort and strength in the challenging days ahead.

The Church does face many challenges, as it has faced so many challenges over 2,000 years. As we celebrate our new Holy Father, we remain the same people of hope as in the days of the Apostles, ever enthused to bring the Word of Jesus Christ to all, and ever assured by the presence of the Holy Spirit to guide us in that task.

Our prayer today is simple: “Lord, source of eternal life and truth, give to your shepherd a spirit of courage and right judgment, a spirit of knowledge and love. By governing with fidelity those entrusted to his care, may he, as successor to the Apostle Peter and Vicar of Christ, bring unity, love, and peace for all the world.”

The Church is indeed Alive! And the Diocese of Pittsburgh celebrates all that means as we take up the pilgrimage once again under the leadership of our new Holy Father.

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