Monday, July 17, 2017

A bishop who knows his priests and cycles his bicycle

Mario Enrico Delpini is the new archbishop of Milan.

He is known for cycling his bicycle through the city.

He has been an auxiliary bishop and vicar general of the diocese, where he is known to have a strong bond with the priests of the diocese.

Some months after his election as pope Francis urged his new bishops to be 'profoundly bonded' to their communities. He said: "I beg you please to stay among  your people. Avoid the scandal of being "airport bishops".

It seems Delpini fits the papal bill for archbishop of Milan.

 In 1998 Delpini published a humorous book critical of clericalism.

Might Francis extend his influence to the Irish church, to religious congregations, to the Dominicans?


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