Catholic leaders gather in Houston for luncheon honoring former Pope Benedict XVI

March 6, 2013 10:22:11 AM PST
The impending conclave and issues facing the next pope were on the minds of Catholic leaders who gathered at Houston's Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart this morning.

The eyes of Texas are on Rome, particularly in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston where a luncheon honoring Pope Benedict XVI is being held. As Archbishop Joseph Fiorenza awaits news of the next pope, he said one of the next pontiff's top priorities needs to be those living in poverty.

"The scripture tells us God hears the cries of the poor. Those in positions of power to be his ears, so that we can do much, much more than we have done," said Archbishop Fiorenza.

The new CEO of Catholic Charities, who sang with the Salvation Army's Harbor Lights Choir, echoed the archbishop's remarks. She is seeing a greater need to help impoverished people not just in Houston but all over the world, and is anticipating the next pope will be a tireless spokesperson for the poor.

"I believe the new pope will look at our work and impact of poverty around the world," said Cynthia Colbert, President and CEO of Catholic Charities of Galveston-Houston.

Stay with Eyewitness News for continuing coverage of the pre-conclave.

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