Houston priest becomes youngest bishop

June 2, 2008 9:28:33 PM PDT
The Catholic Church is saying welcome to the youngest bishop in the country. Reverend Oscar Cantu, 41, is a Houston native. We first told you about him in April, and now the Archdiocese of San Antonio is saying welcome. Pope Benedict XVI himself selected Cantu to head the church there.

The Rite of Ordination Monday evening was grandiose in style but simple in meaning.

By accepting the Pope's ordination document, Father Oscar Cantu accepts his ordination to bishop. It was a thrill to those from his home parish who traveled from Houston to witness the historic ceremony.

The newly ordained Bishop Cantu served as a priest at Holy Name Catholic Church just north of downtown Houston. It is the same church where he was baptized, received first communion and went to school. Known for his laid back and easy going style, if Bishop Cantu was nervous, he didn't show it.

The anointing of Bishop Cantu makes him the youngest bishop in the county.

Father Cantu also hosted a radio show for three years with a Jewish rabbi and Protestant minister called "Show of Faith."

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