Triad reacts to election of Pope Francis
GREENSBORO, N.C. — While people all over the world celebrated Wednesday’s election of a new pope, students in Greensboro were also anxiously awaiting news of their new leader.
At the first sign of white smoke from the Conclave, a sign reading “We have a pope. Habemus papam.” was posted proudly over Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Greensboro.
Father Christopher Davis and Father Eric Kowalski joined students and teachers at Our Lady of Grace School, waiting for word on who would be named the new pope.
“I found out in science class that they saw white smoke, and I was just really excited to find out who our new pope was,” said student Emily Gentry
“It’s been really exciting,” added student Patrock Lancaster. “Our teachers have been pumped up about getting a new pope, especially our religion teacher.”
After Cardinal Jorge Bergolgio was named the new pope, Father Davis admitted he was surprised. “I don’t know who Bergolio is! Well, they surprised me on that one.”
He soon realized, “That’s the first Pope Francis!”
Father Davis believes a pope from Argentina represents the bigger picture.
“This represents Catholic. We are a church for everyone. Not just one nation, not just Europe or America, but throughout the whole world.”
- Mom bites off dog's ear to save 2-year-old daughter during attack
- Update: Silver Alert canceled for Forsyth County woman
- Two local schools make list of '10 Best High Schools in North Carolina'
- Mistrial in case against man accused of passing school bus, killing child
- NC girl kicked out of prom for wearing pants