Bishop Rhoades Offers Mass For Pope Francis

By Eric Dutkiewicz

March 19, 2013 Updated Nov 7, 2013 at 7:08 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) - On the eve of Pope Francis' installation, the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend held a Mass for the pontiff Monday night at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

Bishop Kevin Rhoades celebrated the Mass as a reminder of one of Pope Francis' first requests of his papacy: prayers of the people.

"(Pope Francis) needs the support of the people," the bishop says. "So he can serve the church and serve the world faithfully and with the love of Christ."

Rhoades shared his thoughts on the newly elected pontiff during the homily, focusing especially on the Holy Father's choice of the name Francis.

"Cardinal Bergoglio's choice of Saint Francis of Assisi as his namesake gave me the greatest joy," Bishop Rhoades remarks. "Saint Francis was truly a giant of Christian holiness who played a great role in the renewal of the Church in his day. He was a living icon of Christ."

Bishop Rhoades celebrated a Mass For The Pope on Friday at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart at the University of Notre Dame.

Pope Francis will be installed at Mass that begins Tuesday at 4:30 a.m. EDT.

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