Reacting to the news that the Vatican has selected Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio as the new Pope, St. Mary School Principal Frank Lacerenza said that what he's heard about Pope Francis I "indicates that he advocates simplicity and that he is a shining example of someone with a concern for the poor and underprivileged."
Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, who has taken the name Pope Francis I, is from Argentina, which makes him the first non-European Pope and the first from the Americas. He is 76.
Lacerenza added, "God bless our new Pope and God bless his ministry as the leader of the Church on Earth."
Many commenters on the Milford Patch Facebook page noted their enthusiasm for the new pope, while adding that they wished he was a bit younger.
"Where the new Pope is from does not make a difference but I feel that the Catholic Church needs a younger Pope, that can bring the Church into the 21st century," wrote Robin McCall Tkacz.
"If the cardinals see fit to vote for him, then yes! But I agree Robin, I would love to see a younger Pope too!" added Erin O'Malley.
"If the Roman Catholic religion wants to retain & grow their membership, they may be forced to come into the 21st Century. Unfortunately, because of ancient rules, they are no longer attracting younger men into the priesthood," wrote Lisa Bailardo Whitham.