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Colorado Catholic Leaders Cheer As New Pope Is Chosen

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Excitement grows the moment before Pope Francis is announced at the Archdiocese of Denver (credit: CBS)

Excitement grows the moment before Pope Francis is announced at the Archdiocese of Denver (credit: CBS)

DENVER (CBS4)- Cheers erupted from the room at the Archdiocese of Denver where Catholic priests, seminary students and employees were anxiously awaiting the announcement of the pope from the Vatican in Rome.

On 2nd day of conclave Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, 76, Archbishop of Buenos Aires was named the 266th pope. He will be known as Pope Francis.

CBS4 cameras captured the moment Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver heard the new Holy Father’s name.

“We were all looking at each other expecting certain names and suddenly you hear his name and it’s like, who, who, ah-ha!” said Aquila.

Pope Francis is getting right to work. He will celebrate his first Mass as pope in the Sistine Chapel on Thursday, and will be installed officially as pope on Tuesday, according to the Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi.

“The fact that he chose the name Francis I that is another first and it says something about his desire for charity, reaching out to the poor. Francis was a very simple man and yet he was one deeply faithful to Christ and lived the gospel,” said Aquila.

Seminary professor Andrew Willenueve believes the historical moment will not soon be forgotten by those who witnessed it.

“I remember myself when I was a student in 2005 when Benedict was elected. I am never going to forget that moment,” said Villeneuve.

“We thank you for the gift of our new Holy Father. We ask you Lord to bless him,” said Aquila.

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