Transfiguration Parish Welcomes Pope Francis – by Christine Barton

March 13th 2013 marked a significant day for the worldwide Catholic Church community. Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was chosen as the new spiritual leader of the Catholic Church. He is the first pontiff to take the name of Francis and the first from the Jesuit order. Born in the Americas, Pope Francis is the first non-European Pope that the church has seen in over 1200 years. He was elected during the season of Lent, which is a time of preparation for the Easter holiday. Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus and stands at the center of the Christian liturgical calendar.

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