Ga. bishop discusses role of Pope Francis

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Friday, March 15, 2013

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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Newly-elected Pope Francis greeted cardinals at the Vatican on Friday morning.

The new pope shared his feelings about his predecessor Benedict XVI, saying his example had "enriched and invigorated" the Catholic Church.

One of the new pope's biggest fans is also one of the most powerful Catholics in Georgia. News 12's Jorge Lopez spoke with Bishop Luis Zarama via Skype from Atlanta Friday morning.

"When you are the first, you know, the people are looking on you, and the expectations are so great and so big," Zarama said, "that, in one way, it's a beautiful challenge, but another thing is, sometimes the expectations are too big that the people, they don't see really what the person is doing because they expect too much."

Bishop Zarama says he can speak from personal experience.

He was ordained bishop back in 2009 and is the first Hispanic bishop for the archdiocese that serves over 1 million Catholics.

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