We have a Pope! Pope Francis!

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Pope Francis ElectedThe College of Cardinals has elected a new Pope!

Formerly Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires Argentina, our new Holy Father has taken the name Pope Francis!

He is a Jesuit – the first Jesuit to ever become Pope. He is also the first Pope from South America!

I have always felt close to St. Francis of Assisi. Please join me in praying the prayer of St. Francis for our new Pope!

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive.
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.


We were praying the novena for the conclave, but now that the conclave is over and we have a new Holy Father, we will continue praying specifically for Pope Francis.

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  1. I pray for strength and guidance in caring for my two grandsons age 14 &8. That I may guide them in the love of Our Lord. I especially pray for my husband that his early onset of Alzheimer’s may be curtailed and that he be given extra patience with these boys. I ask for His Divine Mercy!

  2. I pray for clarity as to who should be my new daughter’s godmother. I pray also for my husband’s job situation, that the Lord’s will be done, whatever that may be.

  3. I pray for the health of my wife as we continue to wait for additional results and answers.

    I pray for all clinicians, caregivers, and those who will be making decisions that God will continue to use them as His instruments, and that we may see them as His instruments.

    I pray all this in Christ Jesus who lives and reigns with the Father and the Holy Spirit One God forever and ever, Amen

  4. Dear John Paul, & Anne,
    I am very thankful for your prayers everyday. My Faith is much stronger today because of Our New Pope, and all the Religous life. I am very gratefull and more in Love with Our Savior and Our Father, Mary Our Mother, & Joseph Our Foster Father.
    Dear Heavenly Father,
    I pray for all the Religous life and Our New Pope Francis continue to help Him to bring all your childern home to You so we all can be united in the Holy Spirit and to be more loving to one another. Especially as the Lenten season closes and we enter into the Easter season.
    I ask this in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

  5. I have loved your prayers everyday and look forward to receiving them hopefully you can continue to send them. This country needs our prayers
    God Bless

  6. I want to thank you, Holy Spirit, for your answer to the Cardinals on whom to chose for the new pope. I hope that they, and Pope Francis, willl continue to listen to your will for how to lead the Church to more faithfulness and joy and fidelity to you. I want to thank you also, as well as St. Joseph, for my new job. Help me to see you in every person that I encounter and to treat them accordingly. Thank you for John-Paul and Anne for leading me and more than 40,000 others to you, through their Novena e-mails.

  7. I am ever grateful for the guidance of the Holy Spirit in providing the world with such a humble and prayerful man in Pope Francis. My daily prayer is for protection, peace, and courage as he leads us through his loving words and actions to follow the truths of Jesus Christ. God bless you abundantly, Pope Francis.

  8. Iam convinced that our pope will work to preserve the teachings of the churcch about respect for life.lets pray for him to be very courageous and not swerve.may he remain.disposed to the inspirations of the holy spirit.glory togod

  9. ………….. Thanks b to God for giving the church yet another Pontiff, May God grant that the Pope walks the footsteps of St. francis of Assisi and always guide the church righteously.

  10. May God be praised for the beautiful Pope Frances he has sent to us! We love you Papa Francis and We will pray for you every day!

  11. Our Lord always gives us what we need when we need it… Pope Francis is a blessing from Heaven!!! May we follow, the Pope’s lead, pack our churches, praying in front of the Blessed Sacrament,asking Our Lord for whatever we need, to know Him more and more, spending as much time with Him as we can…Asking Our Blessed Mother to guide us and the Holy Spirit to inspire us… This Easter let us take advantage of the holiness of the season, and ask on Divine Mercy Sunday Our Lord for Graces for Pope Francis, as well as our families… God bless, Peter Lepre, Envoy for Mercy

  12. May Pope Francis lead his flock closer to Jesus everyday and may he shepherd the faithful according to GOD’s will. I also pray for his safety and well-being and thank God for sending us Pope Francis. As Fr. Uche says “God is good… all the time…all the time… God is good.

    Peace and blessings!

  13. May God protect our Holy Father, Pope Francis, as he begins the task of “rebuilding” the Church as Francis of Assisi did.
    I pledge my daily prayers and support for our Holy Father.
    May he continue in his ways of humility and love for the poor.

  14. I pray for our new Pope Francis I, that he may have the strength and courage to fight for his children so that we may all glorify God as He so deserves. I pray that our new Pope in all things For the Greater Glory of God (Ad majorem Dei gloriam!).

    I pray for all our priests, bishops, deacons, and the faithful that many souls may be saved & live in the Truth of the Gospel and Tradition.

  15. I am overwhelmed with Pope Francis’ humility – he has, through the power of the Holy Spirit breathed a renewed sense in all of our apostolic pursuits.

    May our Lord be with you Pope Francis on your journey as our new Earthly Shepard.

  16. I am encouraged by what I’ve heard of our new pope, that he is a devout, loving and tender, yet strong and wise man. I am concerned by how the mass media attempts to portray the Catholic Church, esp. here in the US, as being divided, conflicted over many issues, and not living in accordance with Church teachings (and instead wanting them changed). I do not believe this reflects the majority of our Church in America, but rather a small minority. I pray that Pope Francis can bring more peace to the Church and its people, and have a great positive impact on the world.

  17. It feels like the Holy Spirit was really working during the conclave and with the election of Pope Francis. He seems like the perfect pope to lead us through the trials and temptations of today’s world. Deo Gratias!

  18. How awesome! Pope Francis!

    Thoroughly impressed with out new Pope’s humility and personality so far.

    Our Cardinals did a great job choosing a Pope, and I think Pope Francis is just what our church needs at this time in history.

    Viva El Papa!

  19. I pray daily that our Pope will be moved to consecrate Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in the way she requested it be done, for I believe that world peace is at hand if the Blessed Mother is obeyed. What a pity if the proper action is not taken.


  20. May The Holly Spirit descends in our pope Francis to renew our church, making it easy To every human being. He is the guardian and guide of the persons who represents our church, God gives him the wisdom and courage to do the best for those men and women at your service. In Jesús Christ Our Lord I pray. Amén.

  21. May the Holy Spirit guide and protect you. St. Francis help our beloved Pope thru his journey to guide our sheep to a much stronger love for you and a clearer understanding of our faith. Keep him safe from all evil. Amen

  22. May The Holly Spirit descends in our pope Francis to renew our church, making it easy To follow for every human being. He is the guardian and guide of the persons who represents our church, God gives him the wisdom and courage to do the best for those men and women at your service.

  23. This prayer was posted by the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in WDC
    Prayer for Pope Francis
    Lord, source of eternal life and truth,
    give to your shepherd Francis
    a spirit of courage and
    right judgment, a spirit of
    knowledge and love.
    By governing with fidelity those entrusted
    to his care, may he, as Successor to the
    Apostle Peter and Vicar of Christ,
    build your Church into a sacrament of unity,
    love, and peace for all the world.
    We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ,
    your Son, who lives and reigns
    with You and the Holy Spirit,
    one God, for ever and ever.

  24. My prayer to our new pope is, may God almighty give him wisdom; understanding, love and peace, may the favor of God locate you anywhere you are in Jesus name Amen.
    And again Sprint of God will follow you all the days of your life!! Amen.

  25. I pray that the humility of the Pope will keep him Grace-Filled to carry out his duties. I pray the Spirit of God will abide continually in him.

  26. I love Pope Francis already, though he was only elected and introduced to the world one week ago. I pray that he stays safe from those who would do him harm. Watching him ride around in the open Popemobile brings back memories of Pope John II getting shot. I would hate to see that happen again. I pray for his safety, for good health for him, and for strength to carry out the mission entrusted to him. May God watch over him always!

  27. May our Holy Father Pope Francis I continue in his humility and be pleasing to God. He has a very big job to do and may the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary bless him with Divine wisdom do do the job ahead. Bless you Pope Francis I

  28. Grateful thanks to God for giving us a true shepherd to feed His flock. One who is so Christlike. May God preserve him as he defends the faith and brings it back to the truth where it needs reform. Father, thank you for showing us the power of prayer when the universal church prayed with one heart and mind. May Your name be glorified.

  29. The Holy Spirit has truly blessed all Christians – not just Catholics – with the inspired choice of Pope Francis. He is without any doubt a humble, gifted, gentle man with the very best interest of his flock uppermost in his thoughts, prayers and actions. The whole world will be Blessed by God through him.

    I also want to take this opportunity to offer my heartfelt Thanksgiving to the Holy Spirit for the amazing way God’s Love has surrounded my husband and me throughout the past several months. We’ve certainly been blessed because we’ve heard and followed that small quiet voice in the wind.

  30. I thank God for giving us another Holy Father to lead the Church.He is truly loving & embracing ,may we continue to pray for him asking God to protect him & grant him wisdom.We are blessed by having such holy Popes.

  31. O Jesus, let there be no media publicity against Pope Francis like the one which appeared in the newspapers in India even if it is about His Holiness childhood as such things disturb the faithful. Keep Pope Francis under your protection always and let the Holy Spirit guide each and every thought, word and action of His Holiness.

  32. God bless Papa Francisco….you have to love a man who takes the bus, trips on stairs, laughs at himself, blesses dogs, and prays for us! I will pray for him, too!

  33. Dear God:
    Thanks for the hope that the Pope Francis I
    is bringing to the world in times most needed.
    Please guide him,protect him and all the people
    that will work with him to grow your kinddom
    on earth.
    We ask this in Jesus name.


  34. I pray that Pope Francis will be the strong leader the Catholic Church needs at this time in world history; that he will stand firm for truth, love and life in the face of a culture of death and that he will inspire Catholics everywhere to do the same.

    I pray that the Father keeps his mighty hand upon our Pope always; that the Son walks beside him every day and that the Spirit fills him daily with all the attributes necessary to fulfill his mission.

    Holy Mother of God, pray for us.
    St Peter, pray for us.
    St Francis of Assisi, pray for us.

  35. My first impression is that the pope is a humble and caring father .May he never never change .May God protect him by day and night.

  36. I thank God through the power of the Holy Spirit that such grace has been bestowed upon His church and us the faithful at our life time in which we have been blessed with this kind of Pope. The Holy Spirit may give Pope Francis more wisdom and guidance to lead the church with love, strength, peace and happiness and success. Amen.

  37. May almighty god bless our new pope and give good health and courage to lead us catholics to follow Jesus and Mother Mary. Holy spirit help us and lead us.

  38. Praise our Jesus and Mary for sending us the gift of the Holy Spirit, our Pope Francis. I will remember him in prayer along with all my family. Such a wonder has been given to the world. Let those in unbelief be blessed and open to the goodnes of God through Pope Francis.

  39. I just SO love our new Pope! May God continue to bless him abundantly and give him strength to do everything he needs to do to combat evil and relativism in this world at the same time as serving our needy and poor.

  40. Pope Francis is inspiration to me to be a better person. Just a picture of him makes me smile. I feel the need daily to look at the Internet to get a glimpse of him to get me through my difficult day. Each day I can hardly wait to hear his words of wisdom. I feel that we have been truly blessed with Blessed John Paul, Benedict XVI and Pope Francis. I pray for Pope Francis and hope that he will be protected by God’s Angels from harem. God bless Pope Francis for He has truly blessed the Roman Catholic Church and the World ~~~

  41. Love Pope Francis, his election was providential, I will pray for him everyday to do God’s will & to be strong in defending our faith & defeating the culture of death, relativism & secularism,

  42. I pray for Pope Francis that the Holy Spirit will guide him and that he will uphold the teachings of the Catholic Church and not bow down to the pressure of society. God bless Pope Francis with many blessed years !

  43. I am praying that our new Pope Francis, will be the one to consecrate Russia to The Immaculate Heart of Mary. Please pray with me for this intention. I am praying that St. Francis will guide the Pope and the whole church to a new Holiness and more regard for the poor, the sick and the lonely people of the world. God Bless You All…

  44. Praising God for the selection of Pope Francis. Praying that he will continue to turn to the Lord for guidance, strength, and knowledge to lead our mother church in the path that GOD will have us go. May he not lose the humility and love of his fellow man that have made him a true man of God and may we all follow his example. Mother Mary pray for us and for Pope Francis.

  45. Lord Jesus, we thank you and praise you for working thru the Holy Spirit to give us our 265th pope, Pope Francis. May our Blessed Virgin Mary intercede for us. We are thankful that Pope Francis chose his name to be named after St. Francis of Assissi and that he was inaugurated on the Feast of St. Joseph. We are thankful that he is for the poor. We pray he will help the catholics of the world to turn into their faith; that he will challenge us to have Christ be the center of our lives in all that we do in our daily lives. Please dear Pope Francis be a strong advocate for life, especially for those who have no voice, the babies killed by abortion. Stand up to those living in Europe and the United States that the Catholic Church will not tolerate gay marriage or contraceptives. I will pray daily for you and our priest and Emeritus Benedict. God bless you and give you all the strength and courage to bring light to this world of darkness.

  46. Dear Pope Francis,
    I was so happy when I heard the news on the radio while driving: “Habemos Papan!” I was even more happy when I found out that you chose the name Francis. Let me tell you why. I was always told that I could never have children. Awhile ago I had promised Padre Pio (his baptismal name is Francesco)that if he interceded for me to conceive that I would somehow name the baby after him. After visiting his shrine this past December, I became pregnant IMMEDIATELY after. If our baby is a boy, middle name will be Francesco, a girl, the middle name Francesca. I couldn’t believe that we would also be naming the baby after you. :.) I was also happy when I found out that your inauguration Mass was today (St. Joseph’s Feast Day)! St. Joseph has been another intercessor for us over the years, and if we have a boy, his first name will most likely be Joseph!

    • Congratulations and Blessings to you Kathryn! And may God Bless your little Francesco or Francesca!!

      With much Love & Aloha,


      • Thank you, Lita! Please keep us in your prayers, and I will try to remember you in my prayers, my spiritual Catholic friend in Hawaii!

        A Blessed Lent and Easter Season!
        Kathryn and baby. :.)
        PS I’d LOVE to see Hawaii some day!

  47. Praise be to you Lord Jesus Christ for we have a beautiful Pope he is home are lord I thank you for Pope Francis The Holy Spirit descended upon me at the moment that he was announced I was also on my way to confession I feel as though I was extremely blessed continue oh holy Spirit continue to protect into guide Pope Francis as we begin a new journey in our church of healing praise be to God amen.

  48. I pray to our Lord to send His Holy Spirit upon our Pope Francis to guide him at all times and to give him the grace and strength not to give into pressure from the outside world.
    May the Lord protect Pope Francis always.

  49. I pray that the Holy Spirit will guide Pope Francis to be strong against the homosexual agenda that is quickly sweeping the world.