Bishop Murry cites series of 'firsts' for Pope Francis I

YOUNGSTOWN — Bishop George V. Murry cited the “firsts” of the new pontiff, the former Archbishop of Argentina, Jorge Bergoglio during a press conference at the Diocese of Youngstown offices.

Bishop Murry said the new leader of the Catholic Church is the first from the Americas, the first from the Society of Jesus and the first Francis, the name the new pope has chosen.

Bishop Murry, being a Jesuit, couldn’t help but be pleased that a member of his order was catapulted to such an honor and challenge.

“The choice is significant ... someone not from Europe ... that’s a positive sign,” he said this afternoon.

“The greatest growth [in the Catholic Church] is below the equator in Africa and Asia,” the bishop said. “There is a strong Catholic presence in Brazil.”

Bishop Murry said St. Ignatius, the founder of the Jesuit order, was a proponent of a “disciplined lifestyle” with emphasis on “training and preparation.” The new pope brings that background to his new role.

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