Statement from Michael J. Graham, S.J. President of Xavier University

| March 13, 2013

“When I heard the news that a Jesuit brother of mine would be the next Pope I was completely stunned. As were many people, it seems, from whom I began to hear very quickly!

But that surprise yielded quickly to a profound sense of gratitude. That the Holy Spirit should choose a man from the tradition of Ignatius Loyola to lead the Church, must be a deep consolation for anyone and everyone associated with any Jesuit ministry throughout the world.

That Pope Francis is a Latin American Jesuit, I have no doubt that he will bring a particular care and concern for the poor and marginalized to his Pontificate, for that sensibility has been an overwhelming gift of Latin American Jesuits worldwide.