2013-02-23 07:59:42

Cardinal DiNardo: Church's work is always Christ's mission

(Vatican Radio) Like many other leading Churchmen, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston praised Pope Benedict's “generosity and humbleness” in deciding that “ it was best to resign.” He said the Pope’s decision will make “clearer” to future generations that “there’s a heavy burden to that office (the papacy) … with a human toll.” He spoke to Vatican Radio's Susy Hodges.
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Cardinal DiNardo said that for him, his fondest memory of Pope Benedict’s pontificate was when he went to Rome to be installed as a Cardinal, calling it “a great honour” as he is the first-ever Cardinal of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. He went on to explain that part of the reason for this elevation was due “to the great growth of the Catholic faith” in the South and Southwest of the U.S, mostly due to immigration from many countries but especially Hispanic migrants who he said “now form almost 40% of our Catholic population.”
Asked what he sees as the greatest challenges facing the Church and whoever will be elected as the next Pope, Cardinal DiNardo singled out mission. “The work of the Church,” he said, “is always mission…. Christ’s mission….that’s our identity.” Our main challenge, he explained, is to work out “how we can most enthusiastically, convincingly and joyfully announce the Message.”

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