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Local Catholics React to New Pope


A new Pope means a new leader for more than one billion Catholics all over the world, including here in the Tri-States. How did they commemorate this historic day?

Wednesday night's mass at St. Peter, the church named for the first Pope, mentioned the Catholic church's new leader. Father Roy Bauer gave a short biography about Pope Francis. Catholics call it a historic time.

"Seeing two popes elected since 2005, it's been a wonderful thing to witness," said Carl Erd. 

Pope Francis was also the topic of discussion for students and staff at Quincy University. Students say he seems like someone who will bring a new perspective to the church.

"We're gaining Catholics in Asia and in Africa, but in Europe and in America we're losing Catholics, so to stay progressive I think we need to have a fresh new face," said Matthew Meglan.  

"Seeing how humble he was when he asked the people, when he asked the Catholic people to pray for him - I think that's important to teach Catholics - and to continue that, to learn to be a servant leader," said Jennifer Tholey.

One particularly interesting topic to them was the new Pope's chosen name of Francis. Campus Ministry Director Father Fernand Cheri says it serves to remind them of their mission while at QU, a Franciscan university.

"It will give us some real spark to look at our mission even deeper and see how we live that out."

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