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Catholics around the world welcome Pope Francis

Thursday, Mar 14, 2013 - 01:34

March 14 - People across the US, Europe and Asia welcome a surprise choice to lead Roman Catholics as Argentina's Jorge Mario Bergoglio is elected as Pope Francis I. Sarah Charlton reports.

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Catholics around the world gather to celebrate the election of a new pope. From Manila in the Philippines to Spain's Madrid, crowds were eager for word on their new leader. New York warmly welcomed the news as Argentina's Cardinal Bergoglio was elected as Francis the first. The surprise choice came as a shock to some Argentinian tourists. SOUNDBITE: (English) ARGENTINIAN TOURIST ANA PAULA SAYING: "He's a really good man...I've been to masses with him, and all of this stuff. I'm sorry, I'm just trembling...I don't know what to say!" At London's Westminster Cathedral, Archbishop Vincent Nichols broke the news to a crowd largely unaware of the new pope. SOUNDBITE: (English) ARCHBISHOP OF WESTMINSTER, VINCENT NICHOLS, ANNOUNCING THE NAME OF THE NEW POPE, AND SAYING: "It's Cardinal Bergoglio. From Buenos Aires." / PEOPLE REACTING ARCHBISHOP VINCENT NICHOLS, SAYING: "That's a real surprise. That is a surprise." SOUNDBITE: (English) UNIDENTIFIED MAN, SAYING: "I think it's a very great decision. The Holy Spirit is working." It was a similar scene at Notre Dame in France, where worshippers welcomed the change. Pope Francis is the first non-European pontiff for over 1,000 years. His inauguration mass will be held on Tuesday (March 19).

Catholics around the world welcome Pope Francis

Thursday, Mar 14, 2013 - 01:34

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