A former La Crosse bishop is one of 115 cardinals who will vote on the new pope.
Cardinal Raymond Burke served as the bishop of the Diocese of La Crosse from 1995 to 2003.
Bishop Callahan said it’s exciting to think someone who has ties to diocese of La Crosse will help choose the new pope.
“It’s very important for us to understand that the work that we do in our own diocese certainly is not insignificant,” said Bishop William Patrick Callahan, Diocese of La Crosse.
Callahan said you may not think a small diocese like La Crosse can have a big impact.
But he said Burke is a good example of someone who proves otherwise.
“It’s very obvious in looking at Cardinal Burke for instance and some of the other priests of our diocese we see a man who has achieved greatness while maintaining a sense of humility,” said Callahan.
Callahan said he hopes the new pope will be a kind and gentle man who is aware of Jesus’ teachings and has the best interests of the church and its people in mind.
“How best to put those into practice especially given the new evangelization, the time in which the church is engaging the world in a new way?” said Callahan.
Voting for the new pope begins Tuesday.
Each cardinal votes twice a day until a new pope is selected.
Bishop Callahan said he’s encouraging people to pray for the selection of the new pope.