ROCKFORD - He's been praised for his humbleness and ability to inspire faith in people around the world, and that's exactly what has Catholics here in the
"I'm very excited about it," said Pamela Schlickman.
The announcement of Pope Francis has created quiet a buzz.
"I was pretty pumped because this is very exciting," said Holy Family Catholic Church member John Paul Vonarx.
Pope Francis is known for living what many consider a simple life.
"He's a very humble man and a very good man from what I
understand," said Schlickman who also attends Holy Family Catholic Church
Bishop David Malloy of the Diocese of Rockford says seeing
Pope Francis almost overcome by emotion during the moment he was introduced is
a testament to his character. That and
the fact that Francis is from
"Think about the humility, think about the doctrinal infidelity, think about the fact that his a Jesuit, think about this is the first Pope from the new world," said Bishop Malloy.
Incredibly inspiring to see how the church is living up to the term 'catholic,' which means universal," said Vonarx.
He's being called a leader that can foster education and love for the church amongst young people. In recent years catholic services have seen a drop in participation, especially among the youth.
"So many different concerns that the Holy Father is going to have on his plate," said Bishop Malloy. "That we simply need to be praying for him."
But it's the hope people see in the new Pope that has them excited.
"I think that maybe it means it will draw some of us together," said Schlickman. "And we need it badly."
Bishop Malloy also thinks the new Pope will restore the image of the church to that of their lord and savior Jesus Christ.
"That image of simplicity, and that image of humility, is perhaps a call to all of us to return again to Christ," said Bishop Malloy.