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13.03.2013 15:42 Age: 4 yrs
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Pope Francis; Pope of Peace, Justice and the Poor



March 13, 2013




Pope Francis; Pope of Peace, Justice and the Poor


Jubilee USA Network Executive Director Eric LeCompte Releases Statement on Election of Pope Francis


WASHINGTON, DC - Eric LeCompte, Executive Director of Jubilee USA, a religious organization that works on financial reforms to help the poor, releases the following statement on the election of the new Pope:

"Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio chose the name Francis. His name choice of Francis signifies that his papacy will have a great devotion to justice, peace and to the poor. He is also the first Pope of the global south and he will articulate a vision of an international economy that serves and protects the poor.  Here's a guy who has taken the life of St. Francis seriously. He gave up his mansion and driver and lives in an apartment in Buenos Aires.  He even cooked for himself. 

"Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio has a deep commitment to Justice. Pope Francis will preach that we need to promote access to food, water, education, employment and healthcare for every person, without discrimination. Pope Francis will definitely carry on the message of Benedict's Encyclical, Caritas in Veritate - a message that affirms all people should live in dignity. There's been a lot of talk about what new directions the new Pope might take. With the election of Pope Francis, we are certain that this Papacy will strongly state that our economy exists for the common good. Clearly, with Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio's history, Pope Francis will be a strong voice that our economy must serve and protect the most vulnerable. This Pope will stand up for the rights of poor people, migrants and workers."

More than 100 US Catholic Religious Orders and Congregations are members of Jubilee USA Network.  The Network was formed after calls from Pope John Paul II and other religious leaders to forgive the debts of poor countries. 



Jubilee USA Network is an alliance of more than 75 US organizations, 250 faith communities and 50 Jubilee global partners. Jubilee's mission is to build an economy that serves, protects and promotes participation of the most vulnerable. Jubilee USA has won critical global financial reforms and more than $130 billion in debt relief to benefit the world's poorest people.  www.jubileeusa.org 



Contact: Jennifer Tong, Communications Director

jennifer@jubileeusa.org / (m) (320) 241-7082 / (o) (202) 543-0692




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