Card. Timothy M. Dolan of New York, president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), congratulated the newly elected pope, Card. Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, Argentina, who took the name Francis.
Pope Francis I “stands as the figure of unity for all Catholics wherever they reside. The bishops of the United States and the people of our 195 dioceses offer prayers for our new leader and promise allegiance to him,” Card. Dolan said.
Pope Francis was introduced the church and the world when he walked out on the balcony at 8:22 p.m. local time.