Denver Catholics excited for Pope Francis to begin his new role in the church

Tweet alerts Denver archbishop of new Pope

DENVER - After the introduction of the new pontiff, dozens of people gathered for a rally outside the Colorado State Capitol and walked to the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception for a celebratory mass.

Archbishop Samuel Aquila was praying during his holy hour Wednesday, when he heard a tweet from his phone alerting him a new Pope was chosen.

Waiting along with the rest of the world, Archbishop Aquila and parishioners inside the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception were watching television or social media, waiting for Pope Francis to walk on the balcony.

"It's a thrill, every time it happens, it's like, 'This is just amazing,'" Aquila said. "He [Pope] just seems like a very gentle, caring human being."

Even before the white smoke announced the Argentinian cardinal's elevation to pontiff, Leslee Campbell was on her way to a noon mass at the Cathedral.

"I got a text from my son, Jeremy who said mom, white smoke, white smoke," Campbell said. "During mass, I kept texting, which I never do, and then he said, 'I'm sure the Pope will forgive you.'"

Campbell told 7NEWS the Catholic church is ready for a change and this new Pope is the "little spark we need."

While Pope Francis wasn't a front-runner, Archbishop Aquila said the Latin American Pope is known for his holiness and this decision makes sense.

"They were really looking for a place where the faith is strong and growing, and also for someone who would continue purposing to the world the new evangelization," said Aquila. "He is known for his preaching, for his inviting people into a relationship with Christ."

Father John Fitzgibbons of Regis University in Denver feels the pope will confront controversial issues, but will also focus on worldwide missions.

"It's grinding poverty, and it's starvation and genocide that are the top of mind issues," said Father Fitzgibbons.


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