Sunday, April 7, 2013

Bishop Kevin Vann: Will ask the Spanish-speaking Pope Francis to attend the dedication of Christ Cathedral, the former Crystal Cathedral



Bishop Kevin Vann says he'll ask the Spanish-speaking pontiff to attend the dedication of Christ Cathedral, the former Crystal Cathedral. As the first South American pope, Francis would connect with Orange County's large Latino population, Vann said.

Newly minted Pope Francis, the first pontiff to hail from the New World, will be invited to Orange County for the dedication of Christ Cathedral, the former Crystal Cathedral, according to Bishop Kevin Vann.
In Orange County, where more than 30 percent of Catholics are Hispanic, excitement over the first South American pope is palpable, Vann told Patch on Wednesday.
When the conclave of cardinals chose Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Vann and about 80 other people were at St. Timothy Catholic Church in Laguna Niguel, planning for the Diocese of Orange's new cathedral.
“In the midst of all this, somebody said, ‘Hey there is white smoke,’ and everybody started applauding. We watched it live-streaming like we were in St Peter’s Square. I think there is a lot of energy, a lot of joy and anticipation too,” Vann said. “When we dedicate the Christ Cathedral, I will send him an invitation to come.”


By OC Patch Staff

March 13, 2013