Local reaction to selection of Pope Francis the First

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Father Tommy Conway of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Hattiesburg says he is delighted at the selection of Pope Francis the First.

After a day and a half of prayer and discussion at the Vatican by the voting cardinals Argentinean Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio was chosen to lead the Catholic Church. Bergoglio becomes the first Latin American Pope to serve and the first Jesuit.

Father Tommy says he sees big things for the church because the new Pope has been out with the people, he knows the heartbeat of the church, and the Italians will love him because of his Italian background.

"Oh God, I was so disappointed when I was waiting for the call all morning and didn't get it," said Father Tommy. "No,I'm delighted. It's a very exciting day. As a younger priest I'm a little anxious about his age. But when I heard him speak I was delighted. He had a great smile on his face, great hope, and great for South America."

Father Tommy added that he believes Pope Francis is a very humble man and having a humble Shepard is a great example for the rest of the cardinals, bishops, and any pastor.

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