St Joseph's Parish Father Michael Brady standing by the stained glass portrayal of St Francis of Assisi.
St Joseph's Parish Father Michael Brady standing by the stained glass portrayal of St Francis of Assisi. Luke Mortimer

Tweed Catholics welcome compassionate new Pope

A TWEED priest said that the Holy Spirit was at work when the new Pope was chosen.

St Joseph's Parish Father Michael Brady was pleased to see Argentina's 76-year-old Jorge Mario Bergoglio elected as Pope yesterday.

The new Pope was dubbed Francis after the celebrated Italian Catholic friar and preacher St. Francis of Assisi, who founded the men's Franciscan Order, the women's Order of St Clare and the Third Order of Saint Francis.

"I think he'll be a good man," Fr Brady said.

He seems like a humble person, a very down to Earth person."

Fr Brady said that the new pontiff would be a good spokesman for the values of the worlds 1.2 billion Catholics.

"He's the leader of our church and I'm confident he'll follow our church, understanding our moral issues," he said.

Fr Brady was hopeful the new pope would be a compassionate leader.

"I think so many people are pleased.

"I announced it this morning to the mass and everyone was very happy."

Fr Brady joked that he didn't take any sort of bets on whether the first ever Jesuit, South American Pope would succeed Pope Benedict XVI and was pleasantly surprised by the decision.

He also didn't have a bad thing to say about former Pope Benedict XVI's shock resignation.

"You've got to give credit to Pope Benedict," he said.

"He was frail and getting on and was big enough to recognise that and step aside."