THE new Pope has been welcomed by the Anglican Bishop of the Isle of Man, Robert Paterson.
Bishop Paterson released a statement to say: ‘To our brothers and sisters in Christ of the Roman Catholic community, particularly on the Isle of Man, please accept the warmest congratulations from your sister Church of the Diocese of Sodor and Man on the election of Pope Francis.
‘We will pray for him in our worship on Sunday, at his enthronement in the Chair of Saint Peter in Rome next week and throughout his ministry.
‘Please pray for us, your Anglican brothers and sisters, as Archbishop Justin is enthroned in the Chair of Saint Augustine in Canterbury on Thursday 21st.’
Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected the Catholic Church’s Pope was elected on Wednesday night.