New Pope Francis I Elected: Catholics in North Reading React
The white smoke appeared on Wednesday, signalling that the conclave had chosen Argentinian Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio to be the new head of the Catholic Church. Locals across the community responded.
The conclave chose Argentinian Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio to be the new head of the Catholic Church Wednesday. Locals across the community were happy with the choice.
The new pope was born on December 17, 1936 in Buenos Aires, according to the Vatican's website. He studied theology at the Theological Faculty of San Miguel. In the summer of 1997, he was appointed Coadjutor Archbishop of Buenos Aires and succeeded Cardinal Antonio Quarracino in 1998, the website said.
Father Thomas Gillespie from St. Theresa's Parish was "very thrilled" to hear that a new pope had been chosen.
He was surprised at the choice, only because of the new pope's age. He thought they would choose someone in their upper 60's, he said.
When asked what he would like to see the new pope bring to the Catholic Church, Gillespie said, "I think right now we need to be able to speak to the culture a little more clearly."
He went on to say that a lot of western civilization has lost it's spiritual roots and he believes that needs to be addressed. However, he is aware that the pope has much larger concerns, including poverty.
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