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Remarks of Bishop Coleman on the Announcement of Pope Francis I
Last month we were able to witness the process whereby the Church received a new Successor of St. Peter or Pope. Pope Francis, formerly Archbishop of Buenos Aires in Argentina, was elected by the Cardinals gathered in conclave. Once again the church rejoices in receiving a successor to St. Peter in this twenty-first century. He begins his mission as one known for his love of the poor, simplicity of life, and gentle good humor. He is a man of deep prayer. And now he is the Bishop of Rome, and universal pastor of the Catholic Church. At this Mass we thank God for Pope Francis and pray that the Lord grant him the grace and strength needed to fulfill the ministry entrusted to him.
Pope Francis has impressed us by his simplicity and humility. But beyond that, he is a man of deep faith who encourages all of us to join him on a journey to Christ.
In his first Mass with the Cardinals the day after his election, Pope Francis spoke of the theme of movement, which ran through each of the three readings of Mass. The three aspects of movement are essential to the following of Christ. He stated, “In the first reading, it is the movement of a journey; in the second reading, the movement of building the Church; in the Gospel, the movement involved in professing the faith. Journeying, building, and professing.”
As we begin the 72nd Catholic Charities Appeal, I invite each of you to
journey with us, to help build the kingdom of love, and to proudly profess that
we do everything for the greater Glory of God.
Sincerely yours in the Lord,
Bishop of Fall River