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Bishop Joseph McFadden praises Pope Francis

Written by Tim Lambert | Mar 13, 2013 3:12 PM

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(Harrisburg) -- The Most Reverend Joseph McFadden, the 10th Bishop of the Harrisburg Diocese has issued a statement on the election of Pope Francis.

He's scheduled to meet with reporters at 4:45 p.m. at the Cardinal Keeler Center, outside Harrisburg.

Here's his statement:

On behalf of the people of the Diocese of Harrisburg, I am pleased to celebrate the election of the new Bishop of Rome, Pope Francis, who has been called to be the universal shepherd of the Catholic Church.


His selection is truly a work of the Holy Spirit. The Cardinals have responded to divine inspiration and the prayers that have been offered by believers throughout the world. I am confident that this man will be given every gift he needs to fulfill this essential role in the Catholic Church. His choice of the name “Francis” clearly shows that his heart lies with the poor and the marginalized. It reminds us of the great Saint Francis of Assisi, who gave up everything in this world to respond to Christ’s call to rebuild his Church. While we know the Church and the world face many difficulties today, Pope Francis does not come as one who is charged to solve every problem. Instead, just as Jesus selected Peter from among men because of his strong faith, this new Successor of Saint Peter is a gifted man chosen by God and affirmed by the Church. Following both Saint Peter and Saint Francis, he will act as a visible sign of hope and strength for Catholics with whom he wishes to walk together in humility and love.

To Pope Francis, I pledge in my own name and on behalf of the faithful of the Diocese of Harrisburg, our respect, obedience, and prayerful support as he begins his new ministry.

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