At Masses, Catholics pray for new pope


By Anne Marie Amacher

Bishop Martin Amos and priests of the Diocese of Davenport celebrated a Mass after the election of Pope Francis. The Mass was held March 14 at Our Lady of Victory Church in Davenport.

DAVENPORT — A Mass celebrating the election of Pope Francis drew more than 100 people to Our Lady of Victory Church March 14.
A Mass to pray for the election of a new pope was held March 6 at St. Mary Church in Pella.
Bishop Martin Amos celebrated both Masses. He was joined in Davenport by Msgrs. James Parizek and Francis Henricksen, and Fathers Chuck Adam, Rich Adam, Paul Connolly, Sabu George, George McDaniel and William Meyer.
Bishop Amos in his homily talked about the selection process for placing priests in parishes when he (then a priest) served on the Priests’ Personnel Board in the Diocese of Cleveland, Ohio.
His job was to talk with parishes about what they perceived was needed. “I was sure even Jesus could not fulfill the wishes of everyone.”

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