Lubbock Priest Hails Pope's Time Title

Published 12/11 2013 06:02PM

Updated 12/11 2013 06:21PM

By Alison Morris

LUBBOCK, TX- Father Andres Mendoza, Pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe church, says that Pope Francis has changed the image of the Catholic Church for the better, through his message of helping the poor.

"He's reminding not only the bishops, the cardinals, the priests, but he's reminding the leaders of the world to care for the poor."

At his papal inauguration, Pope Francis broke tradition and did not bless the crowd of an estimated 150,000.

Instead, Mendoza says, he set an example for Christians everywhere.

"He asked these people to pray for him. That's a sign of humility. Pope Francis has been the greatest model of humility for all of us Christians in this world."

Another first, Mendoza recalled, was when the Pope rode through the streets of Rio de Janero, calling the youth there into action. 

"He said 'we need to make noise.' We need to go out. Bring the people, and evangelize the people and bring joy to the hearts of the people."

But the most important message the pope has spread, Mendoza said, is one of love and sharing.

"He's reminding us that material things are not the most important things in this world. The most important thing is the love, the compassion, the service to others, especially to our brothers and sisters who are in need of food- material things."

Following the pope in the top 5 candidates for the title were Edward Snowden, Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad and Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz.

The top 10 also included Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos, Miley Cyrus, and President Barack Obama.


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