Malacañang: Pope's election 'call for unity'
MANILA, Philippines - The election of Pope Francis is a "call for unity across nations" and ethnicities to work towards a better world, Malacañang said Thursday, March 13.
"The President [Benigno Aquino III], along with the Filipino people, joins all the Catholic faithful as they receive their new leader and meet his proclamation with a sense of boundless promise," the Palace said in its congratulatory message released Thursday.
Francis' election brings "a promise of renewal in the Catholic Church," the statement said.
"We hope and pray that this will inaugurate a pontificate that will bear witness not only to the basic tenets of the Gospel, but will also serve as a voice for peace, justice, and charity in a world threatened by tension and armed conflict, poverty, uncertainty, and loss of confidence in institutions," it read.
"This is a call for unity across nations—across ethnicities—to work with the new Catholic leadership towards shaping a world in which each and every human being is allowed to live a life of peace, joy, and dignity," the Palace added.
Malacañang added that they are "eager to work with the new Catholic leadership" to achieve it. - Rappler.com
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