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Students react to news of new pope


As Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina was elected pope Wednesday afternoon, at least one school in Connecticut had its eyes fixed on screens peering into St. Peter's Square.

Students, staff and teachers were just getting out of St. John's Catholic School in Old Saybrook when Bergoglio became the first pontiff from the Americas.

St. John's Catholic School students told Eyewitness News that they learned about the election process this week and enjoyed watching history.

"We learned how the process worked and it was probably not going to be an American," said student Kiara Garrity.

School officials are also happy that Bergoglio chose the name Francis.

"Isn't it wonderful that he chose the name of Francis? He really was a peacemaker," said Mother Superior Elaine, who is a principal at St. John's Catholic School. "The troubles and misunderstandings we have in the Church today - a wonderful move on his part, inspired by the Holy Spirit."

One parent told Eyewitness News she is thoroughly excited because she's from Argentina where Pope Francis was the archbishop. 

"I know him by name but I never follow him and to tell you I never expect at this time for him to be Pope," said parent Vivian O'Donnell. "Very, Very Excited."

Everyone at St. John's Catholic School is thrilled and is looking forward to learning more about the new Holy Father.

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