We at the Kino Border Initiative (KBI) receive with great enthusiasm the news regarding the election of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, S.J. as Pope Francis. Our Holy Father offers the Church many gifts, including his great intelligence, deep spirituality and profound commitment to social justice. We are grateful that he has accepted this new mission with such humility and generosity. He inspires us at the KBI to renew our commitment to serve our migrant brothers and sisters, to be a humanizing presence on the U.S./Mexico border, and to foster bi-national solidarity on the issue of immigration in Nogales, Arizona and Nogales, Sonora.
We pray that God may bless Pope Francis with God’s abiding love and grace as he begins his new ministry to the Church and the world.
Rev. Sean Carroll, S.J.