Archbishop Diarmuid Martin says Pope Francis is a ‘real pastor’ who understands troubled Catholic Church
Says pope symbolizes simplicity & poverty
Similarly, Enda Kenny, leader of Fine Gael and the head of Ireland’s government said the election of Pope Francis symbolizes great hope for the Catholic people around the world.
He said, “On behalf of the Government and the people of Ireland, I offer warm congratulations to Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio on his election as Pope Francis.
“He has the best wishes of all Irish people, of all traditions, as he undertakes the immense responsibility of his pontificate.
“We pray that he will have the strength, the good health and the spiritual guidance needed to lead the Catholic Church in the many challenges it faces.”
Kenny also referenced Ireland’s strong ties to Argentina dating back to the mass emigration during the Irish Famine. He said, “The people of Ireland also send our congratulations to the people of Argentina, a country with which Ireland shares many historic bonds, on this occasion of great honour and pride for their nation.”
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