BOSTON (AP) — Boston Cardinal Sean O'Malley says in a statement that new Pope Francis has his "faithful support."

The Boston Archdiocese released the statement Wednesday after the election of Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina.

O'Malley said an increasingly secular world culture will benefit from Francis' "witnessing Jesus' Call for us to love God and love one another." He said he prays that the Holy Spirit who led the cardinals to choose Bergoglio as their leader "will guide him in witnessing the eternal truths of our faith."

O'Malley was the focus of buzz in Italian media before the papal election because of his pastoral Franciscan style and reputation for cleaning up clergy abuse scandals in three U.S. dioceses, including Boston. O'Malley downplayed the attention, saying he expected to use his round-trip ticket home to Boston.