'Pleasant surprise' to election of Pope Francis I from North East Lincolnshire's Catholic community
NORTH East Lincolnshire’s Catholic Community reacted with pleasant surprise to the announcement Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio has been elected as the new pope.
After an anxious wait, white smoke billowed from the Sistine Chapel chimney, announcing to the world that a new head of the Catholic Church had been found.
While thousands massed in the Vatican square, Father James Early of St Pius X in Chelmsford Avenue, watched events unfold on his television.
He said: “It is quite a surprise, but a good surprise.
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“He is not an expert in Vatican management so he will have to learn quite quickly but he comes across as a very humble person.”
Cardinal Jorge Marios Bergoglio is from Argentina, which Father Earley believes to be a positive for the future of the church.
He added: “This is the first time we will have a pope from Latin America. It has a large Catholic following.”
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