Neighbors weigh in on new pope

By Erika Mahoney

March 13, 2013 Updated Mar 13, 2013 at 8:48 PM EST

(WBNG Binghamton) After just a day and half, a cloud of white smoke poured out of the Sistine Chapel chimney. The 115 cardinals elected a new pope for the Roman Catholic Church.

Jorge Bergoglio from Argentina will be known as Pope Francis and is the 266th leader of the church.

The crowds in St. Peter's Square cheered as the new pope was revealed. And as the news spread, some headed to their local church to pray for him.

"I was very pleased, I was surprised it was only after the third vote but I was very pleased. I had a feeling we would have someone from Latin America and I'm sure he will make a wonderful pope," said Theresa Spinelli of the Town of Union.

"I think he's a humble man. He's a man they say took the bus to work everyday. A man who they say lived in a small apartment in Buenos Aires. I think he's a wonderful choice. God is a God of surprises. I don't think people ever though of Cardinal Bergoglio as a person who was going to be their next Holy Father as Pope Francis," said Father Jim Serowik of the Saint Anthony of Padua Parish.

Father Serowik said he, along with his church, will be praying for Pope Francis throughout the rest of the day and that he is very happy with the selection.

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