LULAC Congratulates Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina On His Historic Election

March 13, 2013

Contact: Paloma Zuleta, 202-833-6130, PZuleta (at) LULAC . org

This afternoon in St. Peter’s Square white smoke could be seen coming from the Sistine Chapel signaling that the 115 cardinals had elected a new pope to head the Catholic Church.

Jesuit Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina was elected as the 266th pontiff making him the first pope to be elected from Latin America.

“LULAC joins all Latin Americans in welcoming today’s historic election of the first Latin American pope to lead the Catholic Church,” said LULAC National President Margaret Moran. “In solidarity with our Hispanic brothers and sisters who are predominately Catholic we congratulate Pope Francis in what is certainly a day of joy and great pride for the Hispanic community. Today’s election also demonstrates the significant role that Latin America is playing with regards to religion and world events.”

Cardinal Bergoglio will be the first pope in history to take the name of Francis I.


The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is the nation’s largest and oldest civil rights volunteer-based organization that empowers Hispanic Americans and builds strong Latino communities. Headquartered in Washington, DC, with 900 councils around the United States and Puerto Rico, LULAC’s programs, services and advocacy address the most important issues for Latinos, meeting critical needs of today and the future. For more information, visit

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