Posted: Mar 13, 2013 8:20 PM by Andrew Ellison - firstname.lastname@example.org
Updated: Mar 13, 2013 11:35 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI - Bishop Michael Mulvey of the Dioces of Corpus Christi gave his thoughts on the selection of Pope Francis earlier today.
He said he was happy to see a pope of so many firsts, the first jesuit pope, the first Latin American pope.
"I think it's really showing the Holy Spirit is working in the life of the church. The great growth and the great faith that we have throughout Latin America is acknowledged," Bishop Mulvey says.
And as perhaps a symbol of the times to come, the Bishop referenced one of the new pope's first acts when he came out on the balcony of the Vatican, an act that displayed his connection with the people.
"We saw, probably for the first time in at least our memory, our short memory, a pope bow his head in front of his people and ask for their blessing. I think that speaks volumes," Bishop Mulvey says.
Bishop Mulvey says a pope with kind of connection to the people could have great influence beyond the church.
"It's going to be a great gift to all the world, not just to Catholics, but to all the world," he says.
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