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The photo comes from the 2005 election of Pope Benedict XVI.  It shows me and several St. Gregory School students ringing the bell at the Cathedral the day he was elected.  It is hard to believe that was eight years ago and so much has happened since then.  We have joyfully rung in the papacy of Pope Francis and all that I have seen of him in the media gives me great hope that he will build on the good work of Benedict XVI.

Many are calling for dramatic changes in basic Church teachings but as faithful Catholics we know that the Pope's responsibility is to faithfully pass on the message of Jesus Christ.  As we joyfully and prayerfully embark on this new chapter in the life of the Church with Pope Francis let us always remember that it is the teaching of Jesus Christ that we are called to follow. All of us from the Holy Father to the Holy people of God must remember that the teachings of Christ were often rejected and misunderstood in His day.  As many voices call for significant changes in those basic teachings we must remember that the work of the Church is to guard the faith and share its beauty with all who seek the Good News of Jesus Christ. 

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Welcome to the Web site of Bishop Joseph E. Strickland of the Diocese of Tyler, Texas.

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