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Local church leaders welcome new pope

Published: Thursday, March 14, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

St. Patrick Parish Deacon John Kulpin is happy with the election of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio as the new leader of the Roman Catholic Church.

“He seems to be extremely humble,” said Kulpin, who also owns Angel Kisses in St. Charles. “History has shown he is very dedicated to helping the poor.”

The pope will be called Pope Francis, the 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church, and he is first pontiff from Latin America. He took the name in honor of St. Francis of Assisi, known for his work with the poor.

The Rev. Richard Rosinski, of St. John Neumann Church in St. Charles, said he was glad the new pontiff was chosen in a short amount of time.

“I am very excited that God has sent us a new leader,” Rosinski said.

The Rev. Aaron Brodeski of Holy Cross Catholic Church in Batavia was pleased with the selection.

“From all I’ve seen, he is a very confident and courageous leader,” he said.

Bishop David Malloy of the Rockford Diocese also expressed his enthusiasm.

“Congratulations to the cardinals of the world who, in concert with the Holy Spirit, chose this new successor to St. Peter,” he said in a statement. “Now, may that same Holy Spirit guide our Holy Father as he takes up the cross of his office and the concerns of the church in the world through his prayer, his action, his charity and in his love for Christ and all of us.”

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