Parishioners gathered at St. Patrick's Cathedral Wednesday to hear the announcement of the new pope, and when that announcement came, some were surprised while others were overjoyed. NY1's Jon Weinstein filed the following report.
The excitement for everyone watching the announcement of the new pope at St. Patrick's Cathedral was unmistakable. But for the Argentineans gathered here, the moment their Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio became Pope Francis was like nothing they'd ever experienced before.
"When they said Bergoglio from Argentina, we started to shout," one woman said. "There are no words to explain this feeling. It's incredible."
The Argentineans at the cathedral were happy to share all they know about the former archbishop of Buenos Aires, the new leader of the Catholic Church.
"He's a man that loves the church, he has a really social spirit. He's a very humble person," one man said. "He travels in public transport, he's very low profile. I think he will be a great pope."
Some were surprised with the selection. But the overwhelming emotion at St. Patrick's was joy.
"He's going to be a pope for the world. He's not just from America," one woman said. "I think that's God's blessing and he has a hand in it and that's wonderful."
For many, Pope Francis' ascension is a chance for the church to be reinvigorated.
"There's been so much negative news recently as it relates to the Catholic Church," one man said. "People are more excited looking at the positive issue. And the positive side to it is that there's a new pope."
Considered a longshot for the papacy, Cardinal Timothy Dolan will return to St. Patrick's as the Archbishop of New York. He released a statement calling Pope Francis an inspired choice.