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Deeply humble pope is answer to our prayers

Finally we have a shepherd who lived among his people in a small apartment – not in an archbishop’s palace (or on Oakland Place). He’s a shepherd who talked with his flock during bus rides to work instead of being chauffeured by a secretary. Pope Francis is the embodiment of the figure in the novel by Joseph Girzone titled “The Homeless Bishop.”

As a man of deep humility, he can be not only a voice for the poor and marginalized but also an answer to their prayers. And in response to his request, we will be praying for him and asking St. Francis of Assisi to guide him and protect him from the bureaucracy of the Vatican and anything contrary to the true Gospel of Christ. He is, indeed, the “Pope of Hope.”

The Rev. Roy Herberger

Ss. Columba-Brigid Church

Buffalo