ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – Long Island Catholics are celebrating the new Pope Francis with prayer at the Diocese of Rockville Centre.

“I think he’s going to listen to the people and I think that’s what we need. The church is, you know, too many people have left,” worshiper Shirley Perry told WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs.

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The Bishop there, William Murphy, called Pope Francis a holy, humble man open to the people.

Many there praised the decision to choose a new church leader from outside Europe and believe it’ll be a good thing.

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“That they went to the new world, so it’s a good thing, so I hope so, I sure hope so. It looks like it will be,” said one woman.

Parishioner Jim Romaker praised him as a holy man with moxy.

“A guy that wasn’t afraid to walk the streets of his hometown and do things a little bit differently. ‘I don’t need the limos. I don’t need pomp and circumstance.’ I don’t know if it’s going to make a difference up there in the Vatican, but, you know what, maybe it’s a little breath of fresh air,” he told Xirinachs.

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