New pope holds special significance for St. Francis parishioners

Congregation shares name with new pope

Author: Myra Arthur, Reporter, Anchor, marthur@ksat.com
Published On: Mar 13 2013 10:41:40 PM CDT   Updated On: Mar 13 2013 11:26:37 PM CDT
SAN ANTONIO -

The emotion and excitement of Wednesday’s selection of Pope Francis I could still be felt hour later at the evening mass at Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Church on De Zavala.

Many attending the service say they can see why the new pope chose their church’s namesake.

“He’s a very humble man,” one attendee said after when asked during the mass what she like about Pope Francis I.

“He took the bus to work,” said another woman.

The 13th century Saint Francis gave up his wealthy background to preach to the poor, which is a similarity parishioners see in Pope Francis.

“I think he has lived his life like St. Francis,” said church member, Carlos Mata. “He has been a very giving father, a very giving person.”

“The way he presented himself, he was an everyday person, ya know, the way he asked the people to bless him,” said George Galvan.

“St. Francis was fond of saying preach the gospel always, and if necessary use words. So I’m really looking forward to good action on the part of our new pope,” Sister Rose Kruppa, pastoral associate St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church.”

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