November 26, 2014

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Local pastors applaud new pontiff’s humility, advocacy

Pastors of two of Medina County’s Catholic churches cheered the election Wednesday of the new pontiff, Pope Francis, to lead the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics.

The Rev. Tony Sejba, pastor of St. Francis Xavier parish in Medina, said that as an archbishop in Argentina, the pope was known for riding a bus instead of a limousine and cooking his own meals.

Sejba said that speaks volumes about the kind of leader he will be.

“He really seems like a very humble person,” Sejba said.

“I think he’ll bring the perspective of the Third World and I think that’s really important.”

In Brunswick, the Rev. Bob Stec, pastor of St. Ambrose parish, echoed those comments.

“One of the things that Pope Francis has brought is he will continue the church’s role in being an advocate to the poor and those in need,” Stec said.

Stec said he looks forward to seeing the new pope lead the church, and that his emphasis on serving the poor was important as it’s a living example of the way Jesus lived.

“The more we take care of our brothers and sisters in need, the closer we become to the Lord,” he said. “The church has such a long and rich tradition of social justice teaching. It has long been an advocate for the rights of the poor, rights of women and rights of the unborn.”