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Urban missionary welcomes Pope devoted to the poor

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In Houston, folks within the Catholic faith who tend to the poor and under served are ecstatic over the selection of Pope Francis.

Ennie Hickman is an urban Catholic missionary who spends much of his time in Houston's toughest neighborhoods serving with others from Adore Ministries.

Hickman believes the Cardinals have made a choice that could transform the church and make the world a better place.

Question - What excites you about this new Holy Father?

Hickman - We couldn't be more thrilled. As a person who works with the poor and the marginalized for him to pick a name like Francis, the great Francis of Assisi, we are just so excited about is life a simple humble man serving the poor elevated to this role is just incredible.

Question - Over the next few months and years what are you going to be looking for from Pope Francis?

Hickman - What excites me about this papacy is he's not only going to write it , he's not only going to proclaim it, we are going to see a man who lives it and that's the best witness, that's the best model.

Question - Do you think Francis can re-focus Catholics on the mission of being their brother's keeper?

Hickman - When you have a leader, a shepherd whose living as Christ did and taking care and preferring the poor, you are going to see a renewal on down the line. We are going to follow his lead so I really hope and pray that he is a man that not only writes it and proclaims it but also a man who is living it and can lead that charge.

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