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New era for local Catholics with Pope Francis

4:43 PM, Mar 14, 2013   |    comments
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The beginning of Pope Francis' leadership is seen by billions of Catholics worldwide as the beginning of a new era.

With the election of a Latino Pope, Catholic faithful at a Cleveland church feel they have someone who will not just lead, but understand them.

"I think we need it because we have a lot of issue that we're struggling with including poverty, immigration issues," says Hector Merced.

The former Argentinian Cardinal was previously unknown to Catholics around the world. But Father Robert Neihoff, John Carroll University's President, says a Jesuit priest has certain qualities.

"We know that he's going to be very spiritually grounded, very committed to the service of the poor."

But with a new leader, will there be change?

"This man clearly inspired the Cardinals," says Niehoff, "That's how he got elected. I am very hopeful and I expect he will do that for all of us."

Father Niehoff predicts Pope Francis will inspire people who feel abandoned by the church to come back and that he will inspire Catholic leaders to re-evaluate social morality issues, service to the poor, and how to reach people in a modern world.

"Because, since Vatican II, the church has struggled with its role in the world. This is a man who brings the world, not just Europe, to that role," says Niehoff.


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