Former La Crosse bishop involved in selecting new pope

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU) – 115-cardinals who will choose the next pope were on total lock-down in Rome today, including a former bishop from our area.

Cardinal Raymond Burke served as Bishop of the Diocese of La Crosse from 1995 to 2003.

Current Bishop William Patrick Callahan says it's exciting to think someone who has ties to the 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," Bishop Callahan said. He said that you may not think a small diocese like La Crosse can have a big impact, but that 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."

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."

Voting for the new pope begins Tuesday. Each cardinal votes twice a day until a new pope is selected.

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