Local diocese reacts to new pope - KSWO, Lawton, OK- Wichita Falls, TX: News, Weather, Sports. ABC, 24/7, Telemundo -

Local diocese reacts to new pope

AMARILLO - Catholics around the world are rejoicing over a new pope. Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio is making history by becoming the first non-European pontiff.

A little shocked but plenty thrilled is the general consensus from area Catholics about the appointment of the new pope.

"This is a wonderful surprise where you can tell god is guiding the church," Roman Catholic Diocese of Amarillo Bishop Patrick Zurek said.

Zurek says he has been praying for a Latino pope for years and that Pope Francis I, with his Argentina roots, is the perfect man for the job.

"I think it will give the people a new sense of dignity and pride in being Latino, and realizing that they can be empowered to take charge of many things," Zurek said.

Saint Francis of Assisi is the 12th century saint the new pontiff emulates; simple, humble, and expected to change the world.

"When he stopped and he said before I give the blessing, I want you to pray for me and give me your blessing... the humility he showed there will be a lesson I think for all the world, not just Catholics, and not only non-catholic Christians, but the whole world," Zurek said.

Pope Francis I is taking over at a rough time for the ancient church with declining faith and trust.

But many believe Pope Francis will turn things around for the catholic church,  and for the world's less fortunate.

"He will become the spokesperson for the poor, I have no doubt on that," Zurek said.

 

ADVERTISEMENT
Bookmark and Share
  • Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • LPS Summer Feeding Program 2017 kicks off June 5th

    LPS Summer Feeding Program 2017 kicks off June 5th

    Tuesday, May 23 2017 12:50 PM EDT2017-05-23 16:50:10 GMT

    Lawton Public School is participating in the Summer Food Service Program to help provide nutritious meals at no charge for children on summer vacation. The program runs June 5th through July 28th. After July 21st, all sites except the YMCA will stop serving lunch and breakfast. The YMCA will be the only location operating July 22nd through July 28th. All locations will be closed for Independence Day. All children under age 18 are eligible to receive meals. 

    Lawton Public School is participating in the Summer Food Service Program to help provide nutritious meals at no charge for children on summer vacation. The program runs June 5th through July 28th. After July 21st, all sites except the YMCA will stop serving lunch and breakfast. The YMCA will be the only location operating July 22nd through July 28th. All locations will be closed for Independence Day. All children under age 18 are eligible to receive meals. 

  • Ex-CIA chief says he warned Russians about election meddling

    Ex-CIA chief says he warned Russians about election meddling

    Tuesday, May 23 2017 12:44 PM EDT2017-05-23 16:44:50 GMT
    Tuesday, May 23 2017 12:44 PM EDT2017-05-23 16:44:50 GMT

    The testimony could shed light on concerns about the security risk posed by Trump's first national security adviser.

    The testimony could shed light on concerns about the security risk posed by Trump's first national security adviser.

  • Trump pushes for Mideast peace, but avoids thorny details

    Trump pushes for Mideast peace, but avoids thorny details

    Tuesday, May 23 2017 12:44 PM EDT2017-05-23 16:44:39 GMT
    Tuesday, May 23 2017 12:44 PM EDT2017-05-23 16:44:39 GMT

    President Donald Trump's first visit to Jerusalem as president is being overshadowed by reminders of tumult back home.

    President Donald Trump's first visit to Jerusalem as president is being overshadowed by reminders of tumult back home.

Powered by Frankly