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Pope’s new man in North Jersey said to embody Francis’ vision

POPE GREETS BISHOP HEBDA OF GAYLORD DURING MEETING WITH BISHOPS FROM MICHIGAN ON 'AD LIMINA' VISITS TO VATICAN

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Pope’s new man in North Jersey said to embody Francis’ vision
Sunday September 29, 2013, 12:26 AM
BY  JEFF GREEN
STAFF WRITER
The Record

At an international gathering of papal delegates in Rome this summer, Pope Francis described the qualities he seeks in a bishop: a priest who is close to his people; not a bureaucrat; and a modest, simple-living man who doesn’t have “the mind-set of prince.”

The Rev. Bernard Hebda, 54, selected by the pope last week as the coadjutor archbishop of Newark, embodies all those traits, said friends, colleagues and parishioners who were interviewed in recent days.

It’s Francis’ most significant appointment in the United States since he became pope in March, and Vatican watchers say the selection has importance that transcends the immediate problems of the Newark Archdiocese and its embattled prelate, Archbishop John J. Myers. The eyes of the Catholic world, they say, will be fixed on Hebda as an indicator of the new pope’s attempt to steer the church in a new, more inclusive direction.

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