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'The man we need': Cardinal Barbarin describes new pope


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'The man we need': Cardinal Barbarin describes new pope

The Archbishop of Lyon, Cardinal Philippe Barbarin has explained why he supports the election of Jorge Mario Bergoglio as the new pope.

Barbarin said “This is a man so strong he deserves the name of Peter. The successor of Peter is the kefaz, the name chosen by Jesus – meaning the rock”.

Lyon’s Archbishop, who took part in the conclave to choose the pontiff, says the 76-year-old cardinal from Argentina is definitely the man for the job, telling euronews:

“When I saw it was him, I told myself, this is the man we need. For so many deep reasons: his love of the simple things, his pastor’s heart , his strength through political adversity of Latin America. He gave a clear, strong line and that’s very comforting.”

Barbarin continued: “The pastoral line I like most is that he always chooses the best way, he knows how to talk about baptism. For me it is something very important.

“Also, this is a man who will confirm us in our faith. The entry door of the faith is baptism. It is something essential.

“I also have a lot of examples showing that he really is a great pastor. You’ll see in Rio de Janeiro how he’ll speak to the four million young people. He’s someone who’s attentive to all people, to a great multitude. And also to individuals – because every person is a treasure.”

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