- Dec 7, 2019
Cardinal Farrell said St. Julian, his new titular church, “encourages us to think about how today, too, there are many laypeople and many young people enthusiastic about their faith, ready to make many sacrifices to be coherent with their faith and to share it with others.”
Bishop Edward Burns, appointed December 13 as the new Bishop of Dallas, Texas, has pledged to commit the Church to solidarity with immigrants, and also expressed basic support for the pastoral approach to marriage and the family reflected in Pope Francis’s apostolic exhortation ‘Amoris Laetitia.’
Bishop Kevin Farrell of Dallas initially thought it was a prank when he was told in May that Pope Francis was on the line, but it was really him, telling Farrell to head up a new Vatican department. In part, his marching orders are to make sure lay people hold prominent Vatican positions, and to help the pope hear directly from the laity.
Bishop Kevin Farrell of Dallas, who was born in Ireland and who spent much of his priestly career in Washington, D.C., has been named by Pope Francis to take over the Vatican’s newly created mega-department on laity, family and life issues.