Local diocese reacts to new pope - KFDA - NewsChannel 10 / Amarillo News, Weather, Sports

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
  • Today's Local News HeadlinesToday's Local NewsMore>>

  • Amarillo veterans voice concerns about VA health care program

    Amarillo veterans voice concerns about VA health care program

    Thursday, August 17 2017 11:32 PM EDT2017-08-18 03:32:21 GMT
    Veteran Phillip Stratton asks a question about the Choice Program at a seminar held by the Amarillo VA Thursday / Source: KFDAVeteran Phillip Stratton asks a question about the Choice Program at a seminar held by the Amarillo VA Thursday / Source: KFDA

    President Trump just allotted more money to help veterans with their medical care, but the program this act funds is not something some Amarillo veterans are totally impressed with.

    President Trump just allotted more money to help veterans with their medical care, but the program this act funds is not something some Amarillo veterans are totally impressed with.

  • Mushrooms raise concerns for pet owners

    Mushrooms raise concerns for pet owners

    Thursday, August 17 2017 9:22 PM EDT2017-08-18 01:22:41 GMT

    Mushroom spores might be in your yard, even if you can't see them.

    Mushroom spores might be in your yard, even if you can't see them.

  • Clarendon ISD tackles bullying

    Clarendon ISD tackles bullying

    Clarendon ISD tackles bullying

    Thursday, August 17 2017 7:30 PM EDT2017-08-17 23:30:05 GMT
    Source: KFDASource: KFDA

    Today marks the first day of class for students in Clarendon, and although the school year has just begun, officials are already prepared to face any type of bullying with a app called STOPit.

    Today marks the first day of class for students in Clarendon, and although the school year has just begun, officials are already prepared to face any type of bullying with a app called STOPit.

Powered by Frankly