Catholic & Dominican  

Pope Francis I

The first Pope of the Americas Jorge Mario Bergoglio hails from Argentina. The 76-year-old Jesuit Archbishop of Buenos Aires is a prominent figure throughout the continent, yet remains a simple pastor who is deeply loved by his diocese, throughout which he has travelled extensively on the underground and by bus during the 15 years of his episcopal ministry. >Read Pope Francis' full biography
Habemus Papam!

A Message from President Olivarez


Aquinas College joins Catholics throughout the world in joyfully and prayerfully welcoming Pope Francis I as our new universal pastor. It is truly a historic moment in the church marking the first time a pope is from outside Europe in over 1,000 years. It is a wonderful time for all Catholics, and in particular for those of Latin American descent who make up a large portion of the world's Catholic population. True to the values of St. Francis of Assisi, we pray that Pope Francis may bring a culture of peace to the world.


- Juan R. Olivarez, Ph.D., President of Aquinas College


Habemus Papam! On March 13, 2013, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected pope and took the name Francis. >Read More

Catholic News Service: Argentina's Cardinal Bergoglio elected pope, chooses Francis


Statement on the election of Pope Francis I from Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops >Read Cardinal Dolan's Statement


On February 11, 2013, Pope Benedict XVI announced his plans to resign the papal office on February 28, 2013.


USCCB Media Conclave Updates: USCCB Blog
Special Report: Pope Emeritus - Article by Faith Catholic of Lansing for Aquinas (pdf)
Student Video: An AQ student discusses her experience in Rome with Pope Benedict. >Watch the Video
U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops: Prayer for Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict's Motu Propio: Apostolic letter regarding the election of the next Roman Pontiff

The Holy Father greets Bishop Hurley

More information and resources on the announcement of the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI:


Pictured at left: On Feb. 3, 2012, during the Ad Limina visit to Rome, Bishop Hurley and the Region VI Bishops met with the Holy Father inside the Vatican's Papal Apartments. The Holy Father greets Bishop Hurley. Photo credit: L'Osservatore Romano