Area Catholics Talk About Historic New Pope

Today people across the world and in our community watched history in the making as a new pope was elected, Pope Francis.

"I thought it was cool because there's a lot of south and central American Catholics. There hasn't been a pope from there yet. So, that's really exciting especially for people in Argentina," said St. Joseph's seventh grader, Kyle Heltsley.

"It was very dramatic seeing Pope Benedict retire, and talking about it in school. It was very dramatic," said St. Joseph's eighth grader, Veronica Johnson.

Pope Francis is the first Latin American pope and the first Jesuit pope.

"He asked people to bless him with their prayers, and I had never seen that before. To me that was a wonderful sign of humility," said Rev. Jerry Riney, Holy Spirit Catholic Church Pastor.

The new pope is the 266th and it took five ballots to elect him.

Pope Francis, previously known as Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio was a man of simple means, a reason one pastor said the name Francis is fitting.

"Francis who lived in the 12th century, gave up all his wealth and lived very simply, and is the patron of the environment and is the patron of the poor," said Riney.

In a world of a fast paced media, one associate pastor said this process is unique.

"In the world where it takes about three milliseconds until everything is broadcast throughout the world, this is not out until the doors open," said St. Joseph's Associate Pastor Joshua McCarty.

Now those doors are wide open for the future of the Catholicism.

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