New Pope Francis Elected: Tri-Boro Locals React
See what local people had to say about the conclave's choosing of Argentinian Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio as the Catholic church's new leader.
- March 13, 2013
The Vatican announced a new pope Wednesday by blowing white smoke, naming Argentinian Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio as the leader of the Catholic Church.
Tri-Boro Patch readers had mixed reaction to the news on the site's Facebook page.
"I hoped they would have picked someone younger," one user said.
Another user was first interested in learning more about what the pope will be focusing on before passing judgment.
"Unless he plans on completely turning the Catholic church around for the better and supports equality to all, it's a moot point," Alyssa Marie said.
Monsignor John Carroll, the leader of Kinnelon's Our Lady of the Magnificat Church, said he has heard Bergoglio is a highly spiritual man and that his name may be indicative of what kind of pope he will be. Some have speculated he chose his name after Francis of Assisi, known for spreading peace, or Francis Xavier. Carroll said it would be particularly interesting if he is named after Francis Xavier.
"It would mean he sees himself as a missionary pope which says to me that he's going to be traveling to various places, perhaps places where the Catholic religion isn't very well-known or perhaps it could mean that he's going to devote more time to the European church, where the faith has really waned badly," Carroll said.
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