The Bishop of Sodor and Man has sent a message to the Roman Catholic community congratulating them on the election of the new Pope.
The Cardinal of Buenos Aires in Argentina Jorge Bergoglio was elected as Pope yesterday evening (Wed)
Bishop Robert says prayers will be offered up for Pope Francis 1st this Sunday, ahead of his enthronement in the Chair of Saint Peter in Rome next week.
The Bishop also asks the Roman Catholic community to pray for all their Anglican brothers and sisters as Archbishop Justin is enthroned in the Chair of St Augustin at Canterbury on Thursday 21st March.
Manx Radio's religious correspondent Judith Ley says the election of the new Pope has a real relevance to the world