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Lubrano thrilled with the selection of now Pope Francis I

Published 2:25pm Thursday, March 14, 2013

By Aldo Amato

Staff Reporter
HUNTSVILLE — When the white smoke billowed out of the Sistine Chapel chimney March 13, Fr. Joseph Lubrano of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church was overcome with emotion knowing that a new pontiff had been selected.

Following the announcement by Senior Cardinal Deacon Jean-Louis that Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected to be the next leader of the Catholic Church, The Rev. Joseph Lubrano said that he was extremely pleased with the selection.

“I am so happy with God’s decision,” Lubrano said. “I would have been happy with whoever was elected but I am extremely happy that the cardinals elected a humble man to help guide the church into the future.”

There was worldwide and local hope that a younger pope would be elected. But the decision to elect the 76-year-old cardinal from Argentina showed that the election “is truly God’s choice,” Lubrano said.

“You know there were polls and guesses on who favorites were to be the next pope,” he said. “But at the end of the day, it the election truly showed that God honestly and truly makes the decision.”

Pope Francis I is a pope of many firsts. He is the first pope from South America, the first one to take the name Francis named after St. Francis of Assisi and the first ever Jesuit pope.

“I think that the fact that he is a Jesuit is a sign that he’ll do many wonderful things,” Lubrano said. “Jesuits are known to be an extremely intelligent order and very studious. From what I have heard and seen, Pope Francis I is an extremely smart man and I am excited that his is going to centralize prayer.”

Lubrano said Pope Francis I’s humility is by far the most endearing quality in his eyes and noted when the new pontiff asked the thousands of people jammed in St. Peter’s Square to pray for him before blessing the public.

“He’s extremely humble,” he said. “It nearly brought me to tears when he asked others to pray for him as his first request. He embodies the teachings of St. Francis of Assisi and the humility of Christ.”

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