PM sends congrats
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar has extended congratulations to the Roman Catholic community on the announcement of the election of a new Pope by the college of cardinals.
"The announcement came two days after the conclave convened, comprising 115 cardinals from around the world, following the resignation of Benedict XVI, Pope Emeritus.
"The Prime Minister, who closely monitored the developments since the conclave commenced on Monday, March 11, 2013, says that she is 'immensely pleased that the international Roman Catholic community finally has a pontiff to lead his flock through the difficult terrain of modern-day spiritual life'," according to a statement released from the Prime Minister's Office.
Persad-Bissessar intends to send an official congratulatory letter to the new Pope today.