San Antonians celebrate Pope Francis at San Fernando Cathedral

New pope described as 'man of honor and tradition'

Published On: Mar 13 2013 10:23:33 PM CDT   Updated On: Mar 14 2013 02:29:58 AM CDT

Dozens packed San Fernando Cathedral for a mass of Thanksgiving Wednesday night. It was significant because it's the first time Pope Francis' name was said.

Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller has met Pope Francis before in Rome. He described him as a man of honor and tradition.

"He looked very well prepared individual very solid very kind...humble," said the Archbishop of San Antonio Gustavo Garcia-Siller.

Pope Francis is the first Jesuit priest to be elected to the papacy - that delights order is dedicated to the protection of the pope and the integrity of the faith.

Archbishop Guatavo said, "The fact that he is connected with the poor with the people who have been most affected in the world is a pliable his leadership."

Visitors who attended mass came to pray for the pope and the people he will soon lead.

"We ate asking God to bless him because we don't know what we are expecting during the time he will be with us," said mother of two Elia Rivera from San Antonio.

Even though Pope Francis has already accepted the position, he will officially take office on March 19. That will also be his first official mass as Pope.

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Published On: Mar 14 2013 02:28:03 AM CDT   Updated On: Mar 14 2013 02:29:51 AM CDT

Dozens of San Antonians gathered at San Fernando Cathedral to celebrate Pope Francis.

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Mass at San Fernando Cathedral to celebrate Pope Francis.