is our spiritual father, the shepherd of the church. He has been graced with the gift of being able to give testimony of our Lord."
Pope Francis, 76, is the first pontiff from outside Europe in more than a millennium. He has spent nearly his entire career at home in Argentina, overseeing churches and shoe leather priests.
Dozens of people listened attentively as Flores spoke kind words of Pope Francis, one day after he was elected pontiff, the first from the Americas.
election was announced Wednesday.
"As head bishop of the main church, his first obligation is to take care of the Catholic Community's faith. He is in charge of our faith," Flores said. "The pope Tommy Hilfiger Red Polo Shirt
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around the world. "Even though he is from the old way (of the church), he is bringing reform and we definitely need it," Garcia said. "So I am very, very happy.
Bishop Flores expresses thanks for Pope Francis
"It brings elation (that he's from Latin America) he knows us and we need help, so I think he is going to be very helpful to us. I think he will bring Catholics back to the church. Humility brings a lot of things back. Nobody likes a pompous priest."
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Garcia made the comments shortly before Bishop Daniel E. Flores, of the Catholic Diocese of Brownsville, held a thanksgiving Mass at the cathedral in honor of the new pope.
The pope spent the first part of his day with a visit to Rome's main basilica dedicated to the Virgin Mary, a day after cardinals elected him the first pope from the Americas in a bid to resurrect a Catholic Church in crisis.
After Thursday's Mass at the cathedral, Flores summarized to The Brownsville Herald the words of hope he spoke at the Mass and how it is the vocation of all to bear testimony to Christ. He said the pope is called to this, as are all Catholics.
"We are grateful that God has given us the first pope who comes from 'the Americas.' He brings to the leadership of the Church the experience of faith, hope, Ralph Lauren Long Sleeve Polo Shirt White and charity, the suffering and the ongoing struggle to promote human dignity that have formed part of our experience in the Americas." Flores wrote. "This is a great gift to the world and to us all. Pope Francis will bring this richness to bear as he gives his testimony on behalf of Christ crucified and risen," Flores said.
Francis told cardinals he would also call on retired Pope Benedict XVI today and celebrate an inaugural Mass in the Sistine Chapel.
Flores said he has been honored to officiate at the Mass marking the last day that Pope Benedict XVI served as pope, and at Wednesday's Mass, which marked the first of Pope Francis' tenure.
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