Local Catholic Community Reacts To Election Of Pope Francis I - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Local Catholic Community Reacts To Election Of Pope Francis I

Posted: Updated:

SPOKANE, Wash – It's a joyous day for the Catholic Church, evidenced by the massive crowd in St. Peter's Square and the ringing of bells to mark the announcement that Pope Francis I was chosen by the conclave.

 

In Spokane, bells runs atop local Catholic Churches – including 85 feet up in the tower of St. Aloysius on the Gonzaga University campus.  It just so happens, an annual mass held during Spring Break was underway inside the church, where the faithful learned of the new Pope's election.

 

Father Richard Case remembers being a junior in high school when Pope John XXIII was elected, and he's several since.

 

"We were in a meeting, and someone said, ‘There's the white smoke!'" he said.  "It's a real balancing act to pick somebody that has enough experience they can deal with the responsibilities of being Pope, but also picking somebody that has enough energy left to give the kind of leadership we need."

 

Bishop Blase Cupich of the Catholic Diocese of Spokane told KHQ there are a few things that stand out about the selection of Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina; he's the first non-European to be chosen, he's the first Jesuit to be chosen, and he's the first to pick the name Francis.

 

"I've never met the new Pope, but his reputation is very strong as an advocate for the poor, and who has also lead a major Arch Diocese," Bishop Cupich said.

 

While he may not have been an obvious choice going in to the conclave, Bishop Cupich said he got a message from a friend in Rome saying to keep an eye on Bergoglio.  The Bishop said that was likely because of his skill set, and the fact he speaks a number of languages, including Spanish, Italian, German, English and possibly French.

 

"I do think it's interesting the Pope asked people to join him in a prayer – three prayers – Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be.  Any school age child in the Catholic Church knows those prayers, and in a way he was being very inclusive to join him in his prayer and his ministry," Bishop Cupich added.

 

Interestingly, Cardinal Bergoglio submitted his resignation as Arch Bishop of Buenos Aires last year, as church law requires that be done at age 75, and was, in many ways, on his way out.

 

But now, at the age of 76, he's become the new leader of the Catholic Church around the world.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • 10 Cheapest Houses For Sale In Spokane

    10 Cheapest Houses For Sale In Spokane

    Wednesday, November 27 2013 2:35 AM EST2013-11-27 07:35:08 GMT
    Whether you are in the market for an affordable place to live or are in the business of flipping houses, here are the 10 cheapest homes for sale in Spokane according to AllSpokaneHomes.com.>>
    SPOKANE, Wash. - Whether you are in the market for an affordable place to live or are in the business of flipping houses, here are the 10 cheapest homes for sale in Spokane according to AllSpokaneHomes.com. Yes, they all need some work and some need a lot more than others, but when your mortgage payment is around the $200/month range there's at least something to stay positive about.>>
  • INCREDIBLE drone video shows fire destruction over Pateros/Brewster

    INCREDIBLE drone video shows fire destruction over Pateros/Brewster

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 9:51 AM EDT2014-07-22 13:51:52 GMT
    KHQ.COM - Chelan HD Productions has given us permission to show this incredible video they shot with a drone surveying the damage done from the Carlton Complex Fire in the areas of Brewster and Pateros. This video is truly jaw dropping and really shows the level of destruction from the fire.>>
    KHQ.COM - Chelan HD Productions has given us permission to show this incredible video they shot with a drone surveying the damage done from the Carlton Complex Fire in the areas of Brewster and Pateros. This video is truly jaw dropping and really shows the level of destruction from the fire.>>
  • Do you know this person? Suspect still at large in Jitterz coffee stand robbery

    Do you know this person? Suspect still at large in Jitterz coffee stand robbery

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 5:14 PM EDT2014-07-23 21:14:57 GMT
    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Coeur d’Alene Police Detectives and the North Idaho Violent Crimes Task Force are continuing to investigate the Robbery of The Jitterz coffee stand in the 2800 block of Government Way. The suspect is described as a white male, early 20’s, 5’08”-5’09”, very skinny build, white T-shirt, blue jean shorts.>>
    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Coeur d’Alene Police Detectives and the North Idaho Violent Crimes Task Force are continuing to investigate the Robbery of The Jitterz coffee stand in the 2800 block of Government Way. The suspect is described as a white male, early 20’s, 5’08”-5’09”, very skinny build, white T-shirt, blue jean shorts.>>
  • Top Stories from KHQTop StoriesMore>>

  • House without power catches fire due to candle

    House without power catches fire due to candle

    Thursday, July 24 2014 9:11 AM EDT2014-07-24 13:11:09 GMT
    KHQ.COM - There was heavy smoke hovering in the air this morning above Greenwood Avenue when firefighters responded to a structure fire at 5033 N. Greenwood around 3:30am. According to neighbors, a man lived in the basement of the home and a couple lived on the upper level.>>
    KHQ.COM - There was heavy smoke hovering in the air this morning above Greenwood Avenue when firefighters responded to a structure fire at 5033 N. Greenwood around 3:30am. According to neighbors, a man lived in the basement of the home and a couple lived on the upper level.>>
  • PHOTOS: Severe thunderstorms roll through the Inland Northwest

    PHOTOS: Severe thunderstorms roll through the Inland Northwest

    Thursday, July 24 2014 2:56 AM EDT2014-07-24 06:56:49 GMT
    SPOKANE, Wash. - A storm seemed to leave just as fast as it arrived Wednesday in Spokane. High winds blew over trees and utility lines, causing widespread power outages and some severe property damage. >>
    SPOKANE, Wash. - A storm seemed to leave just as fast as it arrived Wednesday in Spokane. High winds blew over trees and utility lines, causing widespread power outages and some severe property damage. INSIDE>>>|Power Outages |PHOTOS|>>
  • Storm damages RVs near Silverwood

    Storm damages RVs near Silverwood

    Thursday, July 24 2014 2:52 AM EDT2014-07-24 06:52:53 GMT
    ATHOL, Idaho - The storm that ripped through the Inland Northwest on Wednesday not only interrupted the fun at Silverwood Theme Park for a while, it also did some major damage to Silverwood's RV park across Highway 95. >>
    ATHOL, Idaho - The storm that ripped through the Inland Northwest on Wednesday not only interrupted the fun at Silverwood Theme Park for a while, it also did some major damage to Silverwood's RV park across Highway 95. Several RVs and cars were damaged due to falling branches and trees. Only one injury was reported, and it was a very minor knee injury.Multiple crews were called into to remove the downed trees. >>