Local Students React To New Pope

Kimberly Foley

Local Students React To New Pope

CREATED Mar. 13, 2013

Omaha, NE-- Catholic students across Omaha celebrated the election of Pope Francis.

On Wednesday, KMTV Action 3 News joined middle and high school students as they witnessed the historic election.

They said they're hoping Pope Francis will get people excited about Jesus and the Catholic Church.

At St. Margaret Mary's School, all eyes were glued to the T.V. in Greg Mikuls 7th grade religion class. 

"It's exciting," said Mikuls. "(It's) like watching a basketball game. We've been waiting, for what seems like a couple weeks, to see who the next pope would be. It's just an exciting time."

As Pope Francis addressed the world, students like Michaela Galeski said the cardinals' choice sends a positive message about the direction the church is going in.

"It's really neat," said Galeski. "He's from Argentina, and we've never had anybody outside Europe. It's really good to show you can have people from other countries. That's a really good way to unite."

Across town at Gross Catholic High School, the excitement continued.

Students don't expect to see a pope resign and follow the path of his successor ever again.

"I'm really excited that we have a new pope," said student Laura Bergeron. "This is a once in a lifetime thing that hasn't happened in 700 years. I don't think it's going to happen again any time soon. I'm just really excited."

A new leader means a new chapter for the Catholic Church. It's a chapter young people hope will bring people together in their communities and around the world.

"I just hope he leads the Catholic Church in the right direction and helps us learn more about God," said Bergeron.

Mikuls said a few days ago, his students were learning the Prayer of St. Francis in his class.