Tue March 19, 2013
Buffalo Bishop says Pope Francis has a "very simple human touch"
Hundreds of thousands packed St. Peter's Square for the Inaugural of Pope Francis Tuesday for the installation of Pope Francis in Rome.
The Inaugural celebration of a new Pope is always a time of great joy and festivities, according to Buffalo Bishop Richard Malone. Malone he says the Pontiff has a very simple human touch.
"I've been impressed with the homilies and talks I've heard him give in the days...since he's been the Holy Father. Even his preaching style is different. He's much more spontaneous than the Popes usually are. He doesn't rely as much on a prepared text. It's all very interesting," said Bishop Malone.
Bishop Malone could not go to the Vatican for the Inaugural and says he couldn't even watch it on TV.
"All the bishops in New York State will be in Albany for our annual public policy forum with the governor and the state legislators," said Malone.
But the Bishop says he will likely be meeting Pope Francis in the near future.
"It's an ancient custom in the church. The law of the church requires every bishop to prepare a very thorough report on everything about his diocese. That goes to the Pope and we have to show up for a week," noted Bishop Malone.
The Vatican estimates that 150,000 to 200,000 appeared in St. Peter's Square for Tuesday's ceremony.