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Bishop Michael Pfeifer has asked for ringing of bells Sunday and will hold a special Mass on Monday to celebrate the news that Pope Francis, formerly Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, SH of Argentina, has been elected Pope of the Catholic Church.
â€śOn Sunday at noon, I ask that we ring all the bells of our churches throughout the diocese in honor of Pope Francis and take a moment of silence to pray for him and the Universal Church, God's Peace,â€ť Bishop Pfeifer said in a statement released late Wednesday.
â€śIn the next few days, I strongly encourage each pastor to have a special Mass with our people to pray for our new Pope. A suggested Mass ... is found in the sections: Masses and prayers for various needs and occasions in the Roman Missal.Â You may choose the appropriate scriptural readings, but I would suggest that we choose Matthew 16:13-19 as the Gospel, explaining how the Pope continues the mission of Peter on whom Christ said He would build His Church.â€ť
The Bishop also announced a special Mass set for noon Monday at Sacred Heart Cathedral in San Angelo.
â€śAll priests who are present are welcome to concelebrate, and please bring this Mass to the attention of all of our people,â€ť Pfeifer said.
He added, â€śIt is with great joy that I, as Bishop of the Diocese of San Angelo, received this news, and I know this is also a special joy among all the people of the diocese and throughout the Catholic world as for many other people on planet earth.â€ť