Local priest weighs in on new Pope

James HowellStaff

March 17, 2013

A local priest from Ashe County’s only Catholic Church reflected on the selection of a new Pope, who for the first time, comes from Latin America.

“It’s nice to see someone represent the Americas,” said Father James from the Saint Francis Church in Jefferson. “We (the Americas) are the new kids on the block. We’ve been around 500 years, but the church has existed for 2,000,” said Father James.

When the Vatican announced the Argentina’s Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio would be the new Pope, Catholics worldwide rejoiced, especially in Latin America. Cardinal Bergoglio took the name Pope Francis after he was selected.

“We are glad the Pope decided to name himself after our church,” joked Father James.

“The church is worldwide now,” continued Father James. “I would’ve been happy if the new Pope were from Japan or China”

The Father also said he was pleased the new pope was someone the experts didn’t expect.

Saint Francis Church is located at 326 Main St., Jefferson, and has an English mass at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and at 9 a.m. on Sunday. The church also has a Spanish mass at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.