Members Of The Catholic Church In Bangor React To New Pope 

The new Pope Francis, 76-year-old Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina, appeared on the balcony above St. Peter’s Square Wednesday after his election.Francis asked for prayers for himself and for retired Pope Benedict, whose resignation paved the way for his election.Francis is the first pontiff from the Americas, and the first from outside Europe in more than a millennium.People around the world and members of the catholic church here in Maine waited anxiously for the news Wednesday.”For me, it was like the Super Bowl. You know, gripping the edges of the chair, because, really we rely on the Pope to be a source if unity in the church,” said Father Seamus Griesbach of St. Paul’s the Apostle Parish in Bangor.”It’s really just a beautiful reminder of the true catholicity of our faith. I mean, catholic in its most general since means universal, so, just a wonderful affirmation that we are across all of the geographical boundaries joined in this family of faith,”.said Anne-Marie Coleman.Francis, the name the new pope has chosen, is a much-beloved italian saint who’s identified with peace, poverty and a simple lifestyle.