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Kurtz speaks of challenges in the church

Archbishop Joseph Kurtz (Source: USCCB) Archbishop Joseph Kurtz (Source: USCCB)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – The new president of Roman Catholic bishops in the United States is talking about the challenges that lie ahead for the church.

Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville was elected Tuesday to head the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Kurtz said it will be his job to blend the message of Pope Francis about a welcoming church with the conservative ideology of American bishops.

"The challenges, of course, are obvious," said Kurtz. "There is, as our Holy Father said, a culture of indifference. And how do we move from being an inward-moving culture to turning out and looking at those in need."

Kurtz also promised to focus on reaching out to the poor and underserved.

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