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URGENT ¥¥¥ EU urges pope to promote 'peace, solidarity, human dignity'


The European Union offered its "sincere congratulations" Wednesday to the newly-elected Pope Francis I of Argentina, urging him to promote peace, solidarity and human dignity in a rapidly changing world.

"On behalf of the European Union, we convey our sincere congratulations on your election," EU President Herman Van Rompuy and European Commission head Jose Manuel Barroso said in a joint statement after Jorge Mario Bergoglio was named as the church's first Latin American pontiff.