Cardinal Francis George held Palm Sunday mass this morning Holy Name Cathedral, his first since returning from Rome and the Papal Conclave.
The Cardinal blessed palms for the hundreds gathered inside and celebrated the new Holy Father, Pope Francis.
Pope Francis, and the selection of his name, after St. Francis of Assissi was a focus of today’s message on this the beginning of Holy Week. It’s a name Cardinal George says displays a set of priorities for the pope`s future work within the church and one he was surprised was chosen.
“It wasn’t so much a surprise in the end,” he said. “He was obviously the best one we could choose but the big surprise was when we asked ‘What name do you give yourself?’ and he said ‘Francis.’ I said this is something different. This is my name.”
Parishioners welcomed the Cardinal home and are excited by the new leadership.
And as celebrations continue this week ahead of Easter, Cardinal George asks all to remember the good, beyond the celebrations.
“What I’m hearing is that Catholics are pretty happy with it. But we’ll see. There are a few hard decisions coming along. Be nice to him now but be nice to him three months from now too,” he said.