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McGuinness congratulates Pope Francis the First

14 March, 2013

Deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness who is in Brazil on a Trade Mission has sent his warmest congratulations to Pope Francis 1.

Martin McGuinness said:

“I know that I join the millions of Catholics and those from other religions throughout the world in offering my heartfelt congratulations and prayers to Pope Francis the First.

“I am delighted that the new Pope is from the Americas and it was a special moment, the fact that I was travelling in South America when the news broke.

“As Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio his identification with the poor, disadvantaged and marginalised was the hallmark of his vocation. I believe that he will do his utmost to bring a similar devotion for Social Justice to his Papacy.

“My thoughts, prayers and congratulations are with Pope Francis as he enters the most challenging stage of his journey as Pontiff and leader of Catholics worldwide."

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