As the world celebrates the election of Pope Francis, we are also learning more about the his life, history, and beliefs. Pope Francis is the first ever Jesuit Pope, as well as the first one to hail from Latin America.
Across San Antonio on Wednesday, Christians and Catholics alike prayed and went to places of worship, to give thanks on this historic day.
“We pray for him, just as he asked us to pray for him. It was so humble of him to do that for us,” said Barbara Torres, who came to the Oblate Grotto to pray and meditate. “Him coming from a Latin community, what a blessing that is for us here in San Antonio.”
With a strong base of Catholics in San Antonio, the same is certainly true for Latin America, which is home to 40 percent of the world’s Catholics.
“It's the fact that he's a Latin American pope, that his native language is Spanish-speaking,” said Father Robert Wright, of the Oblate School of Theology. “There's already reaction coming from Spain, and Latin Americans. Some people just very proud to have a Latin American Pope, one of their own."
Father Wright said Pope Francis is described as a humble and passionate man, but how exactly he will lead the church is yet to be seen.
“Time will tell finally, what kind of pope he will be,” Father Wright said. “But, there's certainly hope, and it's always exciting to see there's a new era starting, whatever that means.”