A special mass was held Wednesday night at the St. Louis Cathedral to celebrate the election of Pope Francis.
Archbishop Gregory Aymond delivered remarks to hundreds of local and visiting Catholics who reflected on a day described as historic.
“I have goosebumps right now. I was thrilled that we have a new pope. We were excited; we were watching with our phones to see who the new pope will be,” Carla Ratcliff said.
“I think this is a wonderful choice. I have heard he is a very simple man and is very humble and very intelligent too,” Sister Marina Aranzabal said.
“We’re anxious to see that he can carry on the tradition of our Catholic faith,” Christine Gobert said.
The St. Louis Cathedral was full of local and visiting Catholics who all said they were excited about Pope Francis and his leadership.