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Local reaction to new pope

Posted: 03/14/13 09:52

The new leader of the Catholic Church is a first - the first pope from the Americas, the first Jesuit and the first named Francis. Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio the archbishop of Buenos Aires was chosen by the conclave yesterday. A Roman Catholic Bishop in Nebraska says the new Pope brings a lot of special qualities to the high office. Bishop James Conley of the Lincoln Diocese praises Pope Francis. Conley held a press conference yesterday afternoon in Lincoln before holding a mass to pray for the new leader of the Catholic Church.

Fr. Walsh the Pastor at St. Cecilia says once the white smoke came from the conclave yesterday afternoon things became very exciting around St. Cecilia High School. Walsh says there is growing movement in the church right now, that is fueled around a new sense of optimism. Walsh believes Pope Francis will continue that momentum.