SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Western Massachusetts Catholics prayed for Pope Francis on Tuesday.
At St. Michael’s Cathedral, Bishop Timothy McDonnell presided over the liturgy in honor of Pope Francis.
A new picture of the Pope was proudly displayed at the front of the church.
Bishop McDonnell had a simple message for the congregation. “First to rejoice, because in Pope Francis I think we have a fantastic man, he’s touched the hearts of so many,” says the Bishop.
Among those attending this special liturgy were members of the Latino Diocesan community and they’re excited about the new Pope from Argentina.
“I’m very elated because this opportunity the church is having, a new opportunity, it brings new life, a new beginning in the Catholic church,” says Andres Lopez, Director of Latino Ministry in the diocese.
And the catalyst for that excitement is a Pope who for the first time comes from the Western Hemisphere, in this case Argentina, and that excites local Catholics like Sylvia Cabrera.
“To have a Pope that has so much in common with the Latinos, it’s an extraordinary blessing. I really feel like he’s one of us,” says Cabrera.
Also attending the special liturgy was Janet Rodriguez Denney. “It’s exciting, for me it means an inclusiveness , it’s bringing people together, as a woman who happens to be Irish and Puerto Rican it’s wonderful we can all be together,” she says.
As Catholics prayed for Pope Francis they realize that history is being made , a history they feel bodes well for the church.