Spokane Catholics and Bishop Welcome New Pope

By Paige Browning

Catholics in the Spokane area will celebrate the election of a new pope at a mass Thursday at noon, at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes. Spokane’s Bishop says this is an historic occasion for a number of reasons.
Jorge Bergoglio is the first pope from Latin America, the first to take on the name Pope Francis, and the first Jesuit.  Bishop Blase Cupich from the Diocese of Spokane says another thing caught his attention.
Cupich: “He’s 76 years old, everybody was rumoring that it would be somebody that was 70 or younger.  Also it’s interesting that they did choose a seasoned pastor to take up this role.”
Cupich is Bishop over 106,00 Catholics in the Spokane Diocese. There are 1.2 billion Catholics worldwide.
Spokane area Catholics won’t see many immediate changes with the new Pope, except that priests will mention Francis our Pope at mass, a reference that was skipped for the past few weeks.
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