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.”