Local Catholics react to Pope Francis
PADUCAH, Ky. - While the cheers inside St. Mary High School Wednesday afternoon weren't as loud as the ones that rang out in Rome, Director Dr. Angela Farmer said they are no less important.
"Even at the elementary school where they don't understand the protocol, they understand it's a big deal," she said.
It was such a "big deal" that once the white smoke was seen on television, classes were released and students all gathered in the commons area. Until school let out students were glued to the screens waiting for the new Pope to show his face.
Senior Joey Mayo said he's been paying close attention to the secretive selection process.
"It's been pretty cool just learning about the entire process and it's nice to be part of such a historical event," he said.
Leslie Shockley, another senior, said she can barely remember the last conclave so she's been soaking up as much of the media coverage as she can. She said she's impressed that even in a world of instant news coverage and information leaks that the Catholic church can keep such a secret.
"It makes me proud to be a Catholic because it's really, it's really influential that we can still hold that in the world we have today," she said.
Both Mayo and Shockley said they hope this Pope reaches out and tries to connect with their generation and helps American Catholics when it comes to the health care laws.