SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Pope Francis the first ever pope elected from the Americas. 22News went to Sacred Heart Church in Springfield to get reactions about Argentine Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio election.
Dozens of western Mass. Catholics attended their daily mass at Sacred Heart. A regularly schedule mass but it had a special meaning.
Father Yerick Mendez opened the mass with the announcement, "We have a new pope." Father Yerick's family is from Puerto Rico and he told 22News there are so many Latin American Catholics spread around the world. So the election of Pope Francis is definitely something worth celebrating.
Many people told 22News they were actually surprised that it didn't take any longer to elect the new pope. Regardless they are happy with the outcome.
During the mass Wednesday they read a special prayer for Pope Francis. Many people said because of his background, being from Argentina and being able to speak Spanish fluently, they can relate to Pope Francis.
Marina Rivera, who attends Sacred Heart Church, told 22News, "Well I cried. I was with my daughter and we cried together. We hugged. I'm so happy. I'm so happy."
David O'Flaherty said, "He rode the bus to become a priest. He was very poor. He thinks about poverty. I think that's good for a pope."
The installation mass for Pope Francis will take next Tuesday, March 19, our time 4:30 in the morning.
Vatican experts say the fact that Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio took Francis as his name, something that no one has ever done before, may signal a chapter for the Catholic Church.