Archbishop Broglio Issues Statement on Election of Pope Francis

Offers prayers for Holy Father as new chapter opens in long history of the Church

WASHINGTON, D.C.—His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, issued the following statement today on the election of Pope Francis.

Archbishop Broglio said:

“We rejoice with the whole Church in the election of His Holiness, Pope Francis and, as he has asked, we pray for him as he begins his ministry as Pastor of the universal Church.

“The task that he begins is an arduous one and he has made a great sacrifice in accepting the will of the Holy Spirit made manifest by the Cardinal Electors. Our hearts are filled with gratitude for this new chapter that opens in the long history of the Church.

“We are naturally proud that a son of the American Continent has been chosen to guide the destiny of the Church. However, his origins are less important than the universality of the responsibilities he has assumed.

“May God bless our Holy Father Pope Francis; may He give him health and strength.”


The AMS was created as an independent archdiocese by Pope John Paul II in 1985 as the only Catholic jurisdiction responsible for endorsing and granting faculties for priests to serve as chaplains in the U.S. military and VA Medical Centers.

AMS-endorsed priests serve at more than 220 U.S. military installations in 29 countries, making the AMS the nation’s only global archdiocese. AMS-endorsed priests also serve at 153 VA Medical Centers throughout the U.S.

The AMS service population also includes American Catholic civilians working for the federal government in 134 countries, but currently, due to limited resources, the AMS cannot adequately serve this population.

Worldwide, an estimated 1.8 million Catholics depend on the AMS to meet their spiritual and sacramental needs.

For more information on the Archdiocese for the Military Services, visit, the only official Web site for Catholics in the military and for the Cause of Father Vincent Capodanno, M.M.