VATICAN (KMOX) — Less than four hours after Argentina’s Pope Francis was unveiled to the world from the papal balcony at the Vatican, St. Louis native, New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan, answered questions from reporters in Rome.

So what was it like to have been in the room with the new Pope when the final vote total was announced?

Cardinal Dolan said, “there wasn’t a dry eye” in the Sistine Chapel when Cardinal Bergoglio accepted his election to be pope.

He also called Pope Francis I a humble and thoughtful man.

  • Listen to some of Cardinal Dolan’s remarks

A local Jesuit priest says he’s thrilled with the selection of Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio to be the new Pope.

St. Louis University’s theologian Father Christoper Collins says he’s fascinated by the name choice — Pope Francis.

“In some ways St. Francis of Assisi is the Saint of the Catholic Church. Everybody loves Francis because of the simplicity of life and joy that comes from living the gospel,” said Rev. Collins.

Monsignor Anthony Figueiredo, a director of the North American College in Rome and a CBS News Vatican consultant told Cardinal Bergoglio exemplifies that way of life. “He is complete simplicity; down to Earth, a man with the people.”

But “As a Jesuit,” said Rev. Collins. “St. Francis Xavier is one of the original founders of the society and the Patron Saints of Missionaries.”

So, quite possibly, the new pope meant to pay homage to both men.


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