Mexico City, Mexico, Nov 22, 2013 / 04:24 am
The new leader of the U.S. bishops said that Pope Francis is calling Catholics to follow Christ in the Gospels through a personal encounter with the most vulnerable in society.
"Our Holy Father brings this sense of 'going out,'" said Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., newly-elected president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
In a Nov. 17 interview with CNA, Archbishop Kurtz noted that Pope Francis often speaks of the need "to accompany" people, in other words "to see the person first."
"And that is really what Jesus did in the Gospels," he explained. "So our Holy Father is telling us nothing more than to imitate Christ."