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Bishop speaks on selection of pope


Salina Diocese

My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

It is with immense joy that I received the news that we have a new successor to St. Peter, the former Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, now Pope Francis. I sense a profound presence of the Holy Spirit in what has just transpired. As has already been reported by many in the media, our new pope is a man of extraordinary faith, talent and ability. Moreover, his history of work among the poor, compassion, and personal humility are all characteristic of a man destined to be a great blessing for the Universal Church.

New beginnings always hold the promise of great blessings. St. Francis of Assisi brought renewal and rebirth to the church in his lifetime. It is my prayer that our church will be greatly blessed by our new pope who has invoked so great a saint. In that spirit, I would ask the good people of the Diocese of Salina to use this momentous occasion to renew their zeal for the faith, to enter more deeply into the teachings of our church, and to be prophetic in sharing our Catholic faith with all.

May God bless His Holiness, Pope Francis. May God bless the cardinals who, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, have done their work so very well. And may God bless the good people, vowed religious, clergy and seminarians of the Diocese of Salina.