PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Wednesday March 13, 3013 – The Trinidad and Tobago government Wednesday congratulated Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina who has been elected the new head of the Roman Catholic Church worldwide.
The new Pope has chosen the new name Pope Francis I. He was ordained Cardinal by the late Pope John Paul II and is the first person from Latin America to be elected to the post. He is the 266th Pope in the Catholic Church
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar said that she is “immensely pleased that the international Roman Catholic Community finally has a Pontiff to lead his flock through the difficult terrain of modern day spiritual life”.
She said that an official congratulatory letter to the new Pope on Thursday.
Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell has also said he is “delighted that we now have a Pope in place and it is refreshing to see a Pope from Latin America because the church is diversified.”
Meanwhile, Vicar General of the Catholic Church of Grenada, Father Clifton Harris, said the Church here is extremely happy at the election of the new Pope coming two days after the conclave convened, comprising 115 Cardinals from around the world, following the resignation of Benedict XVI, Pope Emeritus.
“We are excited and it is also very good that he is from Latin America ” Father Harris added.