The Muslim American Society (MAS) welcomes the newly elected Pope Francis I of the Roman Catholic Church and extends its congratulations to Catholics around the world. The 266th Pope is the first to be elected from the Americas and marks a new era of diversity. Pope Francis I formerly Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio is from Argentine a home for a large Muslim community. He is known for his humbleness and love for the poor. MAS have been long active participant in Muslim-Catholic cooperation on a range of issues for the betterment of our society. We hope the election of Pope Francis I will strengthen Muslim-Catholic relations and usher a new era of peace and harmony across the globe.