Bishop Provost comments on election of Pope Francis

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Below is a statement from Bishop Glen John Provost, Bishop of Lake Charles, on the election of Pope Francis:

"My prayer and that of many was that God grant us a pope of deep holiness. Pope Francis gives every indication of being a man of profound humility. He comes from a region of the world that is overwhelmingly Catholic and possesses great potential for the growth of the Faith. His choice of the name Francis is significant. There are two great saints named Francis. Saint Francis of Assisi had a vision in which God asked him to rebuild the Church. And Saint Francis Xavier, a Jesuit like Pope Francis, is the patron of missionary work. Both saints speak to the New Evangelization and the spiritual renewal of the Church. We congratulate His Holiness, Pope Francis I and offer him our prayers and support."

In addition, Provost said Ruben Villarreal, a seminarian from the Diocese of Lake Charles now studying in Rome, is sending regular reports on the events he is witnessing in Rome for the election of the new Pope.

"His view of this momentous occasion in our Church's history gives us at home a personal look at what is happening," Provost said.

These reports are updated regularly and appear on the diocesan website at

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