Many North Country Catholics pleased with conclave’s decision
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WATERTOWN, N.Y. - Many Catholics in the North Country are pleased with the conclave’s decision to elect Argentine Cardinal Jorge Bergolio as the new pope.
Monsignor Paul Whitmore of Holy Family Church in Watertown says that the simplicity and humility of Pope Francis will help turn the Catholic Church around.
Pope Francis spent many years as the Archbishop of Buenos Aires. He is not only the first Jesuit pope, but also the first person from Latin America elected pope, something Monsignor Whitmore says will bring good things for the church.
"This brings new, fresh, empathies for the whole world to focus on what they are doing and how this pope represents millions of Catholics. It's about time we had a pope from this part of the world," Whitmore said.
A roaring crowd of more than 100,000 people made their way to St. Peter's Square to witness Pope Francis address the world for the first time.