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Duluth Students React to New Pope

Posted at: 03/14/2013 4:28 PM
Updated at: 03/14/2013 4:31 PM
By: Renee Passal

Historic and joyful are some of the words used to describe emotions as students gathered at a Duluth church to watch the announcement of a new pope Wednesday afternoon.

It was emotional for both the young and not as young as they watched Pope Francis walk out on the balcony for the first time.  They told us in this era of new things, seeing the old tradition of picking a pope was nice. They are ready for him to lead them onto a path of the future.

"Exciting learning about things at school.  Instead of textbook, it's like 'whoa!'" said Christian Beamer of Superior.

Beamer was one of the Catholic children from a homeschool co-op who gathered at St. Mary's Star of the Sea to watch the announcement.  Beamer said he was impressed with Pope Francis and his poise in front of millions and millions of people.

The co-op teachers they couldn't have planned it for a better day in their class.  Teacher Cassi Beamer said, "I thought it was perfect timing, got to experience all the emotion that goes with it together."

Father John Petrich said, "Sounds like he's a common man, has a great love for the poor. That's one of the things becomes a justice issue for everyone."

For Catholics, the selection before Easter is also something they had been praying for.  "It took a little weight off, we've got somebody in there now got someone love chose Francis," said Liz Mascarenas.

And for everyone who witnessed the news, they told us they will remember.

"I was excited too, it's day to remember, be able pass on to future generations," said Kseniya Beamer of Superior.