Bishop Wester looks to Pope Francis to 'lead us through stormy waters'
“He has been very much in touch with the poor, very strong on social justice issues,” he said. “Every pope is going to have his set of priorities. It’s clear social justice will be one of his.”
Regardless of the positions he takes, Bishop Wester said “Pope Francis has a very difficult job.”
“There are many different tensions in the world today,” he said. “He’s going to have to lead us through these stormy waters.”
And so, he added, “we pray for Pope Francis.”
The bishop will conduct a special mass on Tuesday in conjunction with the installation mass for the new pope that will be held at St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican that day.
“We’re all one in the Eucharist,” he said, although the precise time the service will be held has not yet been determined. “But it’s not like he becomes pope at the mass. He’s already the pope. He became the pope the moment he said ‘yes.’”
Another series of administrative meetings will take Bishop Wester to Rome in late May.
“Typically on those occasions, we will have an audience with the Holy Father,” he said. “You never know for sure. But if it happens, it will be exciting to meet him, and to wish him well.”
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