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We join the Universal Church in celebrating the election of our new Holy Father, Pope Francis. It is a great joy to have the unwavering presence of the Successor of Peter with us through time. Follow the news of Pope Francis from the source: Vatican News www.news.va; beginning with his own explanation of the name he chose for his pontificate, as well as the meaning of his papal shield.

As a Religious Family, our spirituality includes “the three great loves of the Church: the Eucharist, the Virgin Mary, and the Pope.” Below is an excerpt from our Directory of Spirituality concerning our reverence for the Holy Father.

Our third great love must always be the “white figure” of the Pope. “Wherever Peter is, the Church is there,”[1] and “Peter has spoken thus through Leo”[2] (now John Paul II). After Simon gives testimony of Christ, You are the Christ, the Son of the living God (Mt 16:16),

Christ gives testimony of Simon: And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church (Mt 16:18).

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The primordial task of the Roman Pontiff for the whole Church is the promotion of unity that is not contrary to the promotion of the diversification proper to communion.

Let us always remember “that the Pope should be loved in the cross; and whoever does not love him in the cross, does not seriously love him. To be in everything with the Pope means to be in everything with God; to love Jesus Christ and to love the Pope is the same love,”[7] since “to love the Pope, to love the Church, is to love Jesus Christ.”[8]

 

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[1] Saint Ambrose, Writings about the Psalms, 40, 30.

[2] Acclamation of the Conciliar Fathers of Calcedonia (451), concluding the reading of Saint Leo the Great’s Tomus ad Flavianum.

[3] Saint Ignatius of Antioch, To the Romans, prologue.

[4] LG 23.

[5] Cf. John Paul II, Address to the Bishops of the United States at the Minor Semina­ry of Our Lady of Los Angeles, September 16, 1987.

[6] LG 22.

[7] Blessed Luigi Orione, Letters, 1.

[8] Blessed Luigi Orione, Letter of July 1, 1936.