"In the joy and jubilation of Your election as the pastoral leader of
Roman Catholic Christians throughout the world, we are communicating
with Your Holiness in order to express to You and the devout faithful of
Your blessed Church our wholehearted congratulations and sincerest
salutations on this special day ... May God grant Your Holiness many
years of healthy and fruitful ministry to serve His people with Your
distinctive humility, simplicity, and charity."
Ecumenical Patriarch BartholomewArchbishop of ConstantinopleRead the original letter
"It is with joy that I convey to You the congratulations of the Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church in America on the occasion of Your election as Pope. You enter Your ministry at a time of many challenges to the Christian faith and the Christian vision of life ...Your example as Archbishop of Buenos Aires has told the world that Your commitment is to the Gospel of Christ, its truth and its love. Your witness during Your first steps as Pope confirms this commitment strongly and without reservation. We pray for Your Holiness, for Your ministry and mission."
His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon
Primate of the Orthodox Church in America
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"Under your predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, the relationships between our churches received a new momentum and were characterized by a positive dynamism. I sincerely hope that Your Holiness would promote co-operation between our two churches in the spirit of brotherly love and mutual understanding...Orthodox and Catholics should be determined to combine their efforts to protect harassed and persecuted Christians in various parts of the world, as these people need our support and aid. We need to labour together for the affirmation of traditional moral values in modern secular societies."
His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia
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"We fondly remember our meetings and prayers together with Your Holiness in Argentina, during which we came to know you as a good shepherd, and a courageous, wise, and just Church Leader. We are happy to avow Your sincere love and affection shown towards the Armenian people...It is our prayer that our cooperative efforts will continue to grow into the future and that the relations between our two sister Churches will blossom with new achievements for the sake of meeting the challenges facing humanity, and in promoting and fortifying the dialogue and solidarity between nations and religions."
His Holiness Karekin II
Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians
"We are convinced that the genuine moral values, based on the bi-millenary Christian faith, will continue to be central in your activity as the Primate of the Roman Catholic Church, taking into account the work that Your Holiness has already undertaken during your pastoral activity in Argentina. This mission is also a priority in our Orthodox Church. Therefore, in this context, it is very necessary to cooperate in order to realise solidarity with those who suffer most from the economical and spiritual crisis of contemporary world, in order to give a common witness to the world, in the spirit of the merciful love of our Lord Jesus Christ."
His Beatitude Daniel
Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church
"I look forward to meeting Pope
Francis, and to walking and working together to build on the consistent
legacy of our predecessors. May the love of Christ unite us, and
intensify our service in a genuine and fruitful ecumenism that can be a
blessing for the Body of Christ throughout the world. Pope Francis is
well known as a compassionate pastor of real stature who has served the
poor in Latin America, and whose simplicity and holiness of life is
remarkable. He is an evangelist, sharing the love of Christ which he
"We write to offer to you our best wishes and commitment of prayer as you answer the call of the Church—through the voice of the Cardinals—to lead the Roman Catholic Church ... As the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), we have been committed to seeking the unity of the church and the reconciliation of the Christian family. Most recently, we entered into an historic agreement with the Unites States Conference of Catholic Bishops to mutually recognize our churches' baptisms. We are mindful that it is our baptism into Christ that serves as the foundation of our quest for Christian unity."
Stated Clerk of the General Assembly, Presbyterian Church U.S.A.
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"Please accept our congratulations on becoming the 266th Bishop of Rome and head of the Roman Catholic Church. As you take up the burden of responsibility, we signal to you that we hope to develop the friendly relations and constructive dialogue that were established under your predecessor, H.H. Pope Benedict XVI...We hope these relations will continue to improve and lead to increased and sincere friendship and harmony between Muslim and Christian communities throughout the world, which constitute the two largest religions on earth comprising together some 55% of the world’s population."
H.R.H. Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad,
Chief Advisor to H.M. King Abdullah II for Religious and Cultural Affairs,
and Personal Envoy of H.M. the King,
Chairman of the Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought.
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“May I offer you my greetings and sense of joy on your historic election as the Pope. Although I am not very familiar with many Catholic saints, I do know about St Francis, having visited Assisi and attended inter-religious gatherings there. His discipline, the simplicity of his way of life and his love for all creatures are qualities that I find deeply inspiring. I am moved to know that his is the name you have chosen for your papacy ... I am very pleased to have met and enjoyed friendly conversations with your immediate predecessors and, for the last forty years or so, have participated in fruitful exchanges with my Christian brothers and sisters. I hope that I may have the honour of calling on you too sometime in the near future.”
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet
"Dear Pope Francis, We
received the news of your election this evening with joy...We are touched by
your humility. The name you have chosen is a sign for us that attention to the
plight of the poor and justice for all people will be important for you...We
would like to see your Papal tenure as an era of commitment to furthering how
our churches live out the gift of Christian unity that we have received from