Statement from on Election of Pope Francis

Mar 13, 2013, 17:25 ET from

CHICAGO, March 13, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Brian Burch, President of, a national grassroots Catholic advocacy organization, issued the following statement in reaction to the election of Pope Francis:

"Pope Francis is a humble leader who has vigorously defended the fullness of the Gospel on issues of public concern. Life, marriage, religious liberty and economic justice are borne out of the Church's defense of the dignity of every human person beginning with the unborn. Pope Francis represents a historic invitation to all Catholics, especially Hispanic Catholics, to respond to the call of the New Evangelization in American political life."