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Franciscan Sisters Pray for the Pope


LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) The Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration are praying for the Pope.

You may be familiar with their story.  The sisters came from Bavaria to Milwaukee in 1849.  Fifteen years later they moved to Jefferson, Wisconsin with the desire to establish around the clock prayer.  In 1871, they moved to La Crosse and seven years later began perpetual adoration.

Each day you will find sisters and lay people known as prayer partners in the Adoration Chapel.  That's where they pray around the clock for the world, country, community and individuals.  And this week, part of their focus is the Pope.

The president of the Franciscan Sisters Linda Mershon says "as a community I think what we're hoping to see in a new Pope is someone who values and guards the tradition of our church while at the same time, being open to the signs of the times and also being willing to dialogue about change."

Along with prayers for the retired and new Pope, Sister Mershon says they're praying for the College of Cardinals who are charged with deciding who the next Pope will be.

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