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March 13, 2013

The next pope: Local Catholic reaction positive

Argentinian elected as Pope Francis; first from Americas

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The name is fitting for a man who didn’t partake in the luxuries of the Archdiocese of Argentina. Pope Francis reportedly always took the public bus, and he often reached out by visiting poor communities in Argentina himself.
“He seems to be progressive when it comes to social issues,” said Ramler. 
Ramler also noted that Pope Francis’ first public prayer, one in which he asked that everyone pray for him and pray for his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, was a humble one. 
Ramler, who spoke to the Commonwealth Journal on Wednesday, said they would pray for Pope Francis during Wednesday evening’s mass. 
Bishop Ronald W. Gainer, head of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Lexington, of which St. Mildred is a part of, released the following statement on Pope Francis’ election:
“Christ commissioned Peter as chief among the Apostles, entrusting to him the keys of the kingdom and the care of the flock. Since Jesus commissioned him to lead the Church, two hundred and sixty-six men have exercised the ministry entrusted to Peter the fisherman, Peter the prince of the apostles.
“Since Peter, the ministry of the papacy has been exercised by a different face, a different individual, for each age and time: Saints and sinners, warriors and judges. But the papacy is not a dynasty. The papacy-a series of bishops in the Petrine ministry of faith, unity, and love-occupies an indispensable role in the Catholic Church.
“I urge everyone to pray for the Church and in a very special way for Pope Francis as he assumes this singular and central ministry."

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