TORONTO ON March 14, 2013 – The Catholic Civil Rights League congratulates Pope Francis I on his election to the papacy, and pledges its prayerful support.

“Pope Francis’ strong commitment to the poor, to simple living and to evangelization recall both the charisms of St. Francis of Assisi, and the Jesuit missionary St. Francis Xavier.   These commitments will serve the Church well at this stage in our history,” said League President Philip Horgan. “Pope Francis’ life of service and leadership in Buenos Aires express the richness of the deposit of faith and will allow the world to develop a renewed appreciation of the faith.

“The selection of a pontiff from Latin America helps emphasize that ours is a global Church providing spiritual leadership to a truly multi-cultural congregation. We wish Pope Francis all the best as he undertakes his new responsibilities.”

About CCRL
Catholic Civil Rights League ( assists in creating conditions within which Catholic teachings can be better understood, cooperates with other organizations in defending civil rights in Canada, and opposes defamation and discrimination against Catholics on the basis of their beliefs. CCRL was founded in 1985 as an independent lay organization and has chapters across Canada. The Catholic Civil Rights League is a Canadian non-profit organization entirely supported by the generosity of its members.

For further information:
Joanne McGarry, Executive Director, 416-466-8244;