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Tri-States Catholics watch as conclave begins

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

Day one of the conclave completed Tuesday with black smoke billowing from the Vatican, signaling that a pope has not yet been elected.

For local Catholics in Quincy, it also meant that the wait continued to find out who would lead their churches in the years to come. While that currently remains a mystery, many have an idea about what they would like to see in their new leader.

"We need to stay true to what the teachings of Jesus Christ were and follow them more to the letter," said one local Catholic.

An emphasis on doctrine is important to many local Catholics, as well as the new pope's ability to lead the faithful all over the world.

"Someone who is going to be open to change and to wherever the dynamics of the church need to go for the future," said Sharon Terwelp.

Beyond just the task of leading a religion of more than one billion people, many acknowledged the papacy is not without its challenges, such as the dwindling number of young men choosing to enter the priesthood.

"We need to get that back. Our priests here, one is in his 50s and the other two are in their 70s, and that's not necessarily a good issue."

And Catholics say the pope needs to be ready for the future.

"Someone who will take us in the right direction as a church and as a people, someone who can appeal to all generations," said Terwelp.

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