The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

March 16, 2013

Monsignor Sacus pleased with new pope

By Carra Higgins
Register-Herald Reporter

BECKLEY — During St. Francis de Sales’ Monsignor Samuel Sacus’ lifetime, he has seen “wonderful” popes and said he thinks Pope Francis will well serve those within the Catholic faith.

The fact that Pope Francis is the first from the Americas is a sign of “where the Church is going,” Sacus said. He added that not all Catholics are European, noting that the largest number of Catholics live in Brazil and the United States is just behind at approximately the third highest numbers.  

Even though it’s been more than 1,000 years since the last non-European pope — who was from Syria — Sacus says someone from outside Europe should not necessarily be out of the ordinary because of how Catholicism has spread across the world in the last century, and could become even more prevalent during the next 100 years.

“It is a sign God is with the church,” Sacus said of the spread of Catholicism.

Sacus says Pope Francis seems to be a “wonderful” and “holy” man with a sense of “humility.”

“We’re fortunate to have someone like that,” he commented.