Utah Catholics are welcoming Pope Francis I with high expectations.
The bells at the Cathedral of the Madeleine were ringing this afternoon as Utah Catholics welcomed the news of the selection of Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina as pope.
Stephanie Olmstead was watching the news with a group of students at the Newman Center just off the University of Utah campus. She’s hoping the new pontiff will continue Benedict’s use of Twitter to communicate with the faithful around the world.
Utah's Roman Catholic bishop, as well as some non-Catholic religious leaders, were stunned by today's announcement that Pope Benedict the 16th will resign at the end of February.
Bishop John Wester met Benedict the 16th on a couple of occasions during his eight-year papacy and said he was always impressed by Benedict's kindness. Wester says he was also impressed by the pope's commitment to speaking the truth and by the way he confronted the most difficult issues facing the church.