Photo: The world’s cardinals meeting in conclave elected Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, Argentina, a 76-year-old Jesuit, as pope. He took the name Francis I. He is pictured in a 2009 photo. (CNS photo/Marcos Brindicci, Reuters)

Bishop William Murphy and the Roman Catholic Church of Rockville Centre join the universal Church in rejoicing in the selection of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, Argentina, as Pope. We give thanks to God for the gift of Pope Francis, the 266th successor of Saint Peter, the Vicar of Christ on earth. We join the Church in prayer for our new Holy Father as he begins his new ministry. Bishop Murphy asks all the faithful of the Diocese to join him and his brother bishops of this local Church in offering prayers of thanksgiving to the Lord for our new Holy Father. At the Cathedral of Saint Agnes and in all the other parishes of the Diocese, Bishop Murphy and his brother priests will celebrate Masses of Thanksgiving in union with the Pope when he offers Mass at Saint Peter’s Basilica to mark the beginning of his pastoral ministry as Bishop of Rome, Successor of Saint Peter, Vicar of Christ and Universal Shepherd of the Catholic Church.

The Most Reverend William Murphy, Bishop of Rockville Centre, invites all faithful in the Diocese to join him in celebrating a special Mass for our new Holy Father at 7:45 AM on Thursday, March 14, at the Cathedral of Saint Agnes, 29 Quealy Place, Rockville Centre. This Mass will air live on Telecare, the television station of the Diocese of Rockville Centre (Cablevision, Channel 29 and Verizon FiOS Channel 296).