Viva il Papa! I'm relieved and happy to have a new Holy Father and especially to have one named for one of my favorite saints, St. Francis of Assisi, although because Pope Francis is a Jesuit I suppose it could be St. Francis Xavier.
I was at work in the Pastoral Center when the white smoke went up and everyone gathered in the lobby to watch the TV there. We were all very nervous and excited that it could be Cardinal Seán, whose name had been bandied about so often recently.
That picture doesn't do it justice as the crowd was twice the size by the announcement. There was relief at hearing that Cardinal Seán was coming home, and joy at the announcement, but also curiosity, wondering who this new pope is. I look forward to getting to know him.
- PopeFrancisFBCover: George Martell/Pilot Media Group | CC BY NC 2.0
- 2013-03-13 14.26.50: Own photo