Western PA Catholic Leaders Hail Selection of Pope Francis
Pittsburgh-area Catholic leaders react to the election of Pope Francis and are especially fixated on his “New World” origins and the meaning behind the name he chose. Share your thoughts on the new Pope in the comment section below.
As Pittsburgh-area Catholic leaders reacted to the election of Pope Francis, they were especially fixated on his “New World” origins and the meaning behind the name he chose.
Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina was selected the new pope Wednesday and greeted the thousands who gathered at the Vatican.
Closer to home, Catholic leaders here said they are excited about the selection.
Bishop David A. Zubik said the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh greeted the news with joy. He noted the new pope will face "challeges" in his new role, as the Catholic Church has for more than 2,000 years.
"Our new Holy Father brings with him the experience of a dedicated pastor who has served the Church so well in his many years of ordained ministry," Zubik said in a statement "That experience—and the rock-steady faith that has guided him—will be his comfort and strength in the challenging days ahead."
He replaces Pope Benedict XVI, who resigned at the end of February. The conclave of Cardinals to select the new pope began Tuesday morning.
We want to know what you think. Do you agree with the selection? In what direction should the new Pope take the church? Catholics: What is your wish for your faith in this new chapter?
Leave your thoughts in the comment section below.