NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — There was great anticipation leading up to the naming of the new pope Wednesday. The faithful converged on St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan to pray for their new leader.
“My heart took a couple skips. Skipped a couple beats,” Sister Mary Eucharita of Michigan told CBS 2’s Cindy Hsu.
That’s how many Catholics felt outside St. Patrick’s as they learned Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina was elected pope.
Karen Bonner runs a convent in Chicago and said the surprise choice was what the Church needed.
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“I think it’s really good that it’s someone different, that it’s someone who is going to speak more languages to be able to reform the Church in some ways and maybe reach out and heal some of the problems the Church has right now,” said Bonner.
Monsignor Robert Fuhrman said the choice was a surprise to many, but Bergoglio’s humility will likely make Pope Francis the pope of the poor.
“When he would go and do confirmations in parishes, he would take the city bus. That’s not usually the way a bishop arrive at their churches,” Fuhrman said.
Many Catholics said they rushed to St. Patrick’s as soon as they heard the news.
About 300 people watched the event unfold at the cathedral, including a group of Argentinian tourists.