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SI Catholics Await New Pope's Election

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Catholics on Staten Island are patiently waiting for the election of a new pope after Day 1 of the conclave. NY1's Bree Driscoll filed the following report.

Pope Emeritus Benedict's picture still sits in the lobby of St. Charles Roman Catholic Church in Oakwood. It is still unknown whose picture will replace it.

"It is a big decision here, and it's going to take a little while for them to decide who's going to lead us," said Michelle Devlin, a teacher at St. Charles School. "I'm glad they didn't decide right away."

"It may take a little bit more time, but surely, by the hand of God, we will get a good pope," said the Rev. Antony Devadhasan, a parochial vicar.

Worshippers at the church said that watching the ceremonies taking place at the Vatican renew their faith.

"You are going back to ancient, ancient times," said one person. "All these ceremonies have been along for so very, very long. They're very traditional, and it makes people aware of how long our church has been in existence."

"You know, it's history. It's history being made right now," said another. "Catholic history."

They all have opinions as to what qualities the new pope will posses.

"I think they need an administrator, someone who will be a great administrator, as well as someone with charisma," said Monsignor Thomas Bergin of the St. Charles Roman Catholic Church. "Common sense of course, obviously. Energy. Got to be a techie, I think, at this point. I think the holy Pope Benedict at least had people working with him. If he's not a tech person himself, at least surround himself with people who can get on his blog and Twitter and tweet and all this other kind of stuff."

"I think, not that we want a more liberal pope," said one person. "You want a pope that's going to keep it going the way it is."

"When the time comes, the right one will come through, and we have to believe that," said another person.

Monsignor Bergin said that once a new pope is chosen at St. Charles, they will immediately ring the church bells and hold a mass of Thanksgiving.

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