Khalīfa of Islām and the supreme head of the worldwide Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, His Holiness Hadhrat Mirzā Masroor Ahmad extended his prayers, best wishes, and congratulations to the incoming Bishop of Rome and the leader of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis.
Formerly Cardinal-Priest of St. Roberto Bellarmino, Buenos Aires, Jorge Mario Bergoglio assumed Papacy upon his election on March 13th and selected ‘Francis’ as his papal name.
“Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad has congratulated Pope Francis and the Roman Catholic Church,” Dr. Basharat Nazir, national spokesperson of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, UK posted through Twitter earlier today.
“May the new Pope lead the Church towards the true teachings of Christianity,” Hadhrat Ahmad has further expressed, according the Ahmadiyya spokesperson.
A press release issued by the community's press desk reported that His Holiness Ahmad prayed for the Pontiff.
“I would like to offer congratulations to Pope Francis I and to Catholics across the world," the press release read. "May the appointment of the new Pope prove to be blessed not just for Christians but for all people across the globe."
"May the new Pope lead the Church towards the true teachings of Christianity."
Papal change came about when the former leader of Rome, Pope Benedict XVI, announced a surprise resignation citing his advance age and frail health.
In his retirement, former pope will retain the title of "Pope Emeritus of the Catholic Church."
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