San Antonio Catholics welcome new pope
Staff at Archdiocese cry, cheer when Pope Francis I revealed
Deacon Pat Rodgers, director of communications for the Archdiocese of San Antonio, said employees felt a rush of emotion at the announcement of a new pope Wednesday.
"It was tears, it was applause, it was, 'Yahoo,'" said Rodgers. "There wasn't a quiet, silent moment until the Pope called is to pray."
From Argentina, Pope Francis I is the first to be chosen from the Americas and the first pope selected outside of Europe in a millennium.
"It's a whole different perspective, a country a whole ocean away. It's a whole different people. And I think that the culture and his life experience will be different than any other pope we've had," said Rodgers.
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