Local Catholics Celebrate, Pray After Election Of Pope Francis - New York News

Local Catholics Celebrate, Pray After Election Of Pope Francis

Posted: Updated:
Pope Francis waves to a crowd of thousands below at St. Peter's Square Wednesday. Pope Francis waves to a crowd of thousands below at St. Peter's Square Wednesday.
Then Argentine Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio is seen praying in this file photo. Then Argentine Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio is seen praying in this file photo.
PHILADELPHIA -

"Mommy!!! It's Bergoglio!!" screamed Maria Travajlio through her smartphone to her mother in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Tears of joy came streaming down Travajlio's face after hearing the news that a fellow countryman, Jorge Cardinal Bergoglio was elected pope.

"Historic you know, oh my God, an Argentinian pope!! That's huge for us," she said.

Travajlio moved to Philadelphia from Buenos Aires eight years ago to be with her husband. She soon got a job with the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's office of Social Services.

She was among dozens of employees huddled in a conference room inside the Archdiocese headquarters in Center City, watching the papal developments on their smartphones.

"It was high time for a South American pope" she said.

Travajlio says Pope Francis, known to reject many of the trappings and privileges of being a Cardinal, will be a champion of the poor.

"Paying a lot of attention to the social part, the people's lives. Always asking the governments to pay more attention to poverty," she added.

After the new Pope was announced, local Catholics converged on the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul to pray. Some are wondering if the new pope's first trip to the United States will be in Philadelphia for the International Meeting of Families hosted by the Vatican in 2015.

"We sure hope so. Pope Benedict said he was coming for the year of the Family. We just hope this Pope keeps the same calendar," says Monsignor Arthur Rodgers, Rector at Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul.

The last time Philadelphia received a papal visit was back in 1979, when Pope John Paul held mass in front of a million people along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

  • Chris O'Connell ReportsMore>>

  • Taney Dragons Prepare To Take The Field At LLWS

    Taney Dragons Prepare To Take The Field At LLWS

    Friday, August 15 2014 1:45 AM EDT2014-08-15 05:45:48 GMT
    Opening ceremonies for the 75th Little League World Series took place on Thursday. 
    Opening ceremonies for the 75th Little League World Series took place on Thursday. 
  • Dead Poets Society Actors Remember Robin Williams

    Dead Poets Society Actors Remember Robin Williams

    Wednesday, August 13 2014 12:36 AM EDT2014-08-13 04:36:38 GMT
    Dead Poets Society, one of Robin Williams' most memorable performances, was shot right here in our area. On Tuesday, actors who were in the film took a look back at the days on the set with him in Delaware.
    Dead Poets Society, one of Robin Williams' most memorable performances, was shot right here in our area. On Tuesday, actors who were in the film took a look back at the days on the set with him in Delaware.
  • Pedestrian Struck, Killed In Vineland Hit-And-Run

    Pedestrian Struck, Killed In Vineland Hit-And-Run

    Tuesday, August 12 2014 5:33 PM EDT2014-08-12 21:33:57 GMT
    Investigators say they’re looking for a Dodge Ram 2500 with an extended cab, model year between 1994-1997. If you have any information on the fatal hit-and-run, please contact the Vineland Police Department at 856-696-1212.Investigators say they’re looking for a Dodge Ram 2500 with an extended cab, model year between 1994-1997. If you have any information on the fatal hit-and-run, please contact the Vineland Police Department at 856-696-1212.
    Vineland police say a pedestrian was killed Sunday night in a hit-and-run crash in Vineland, Cumberland Country.
    Vineland police say a pedestrian was killed Sunday night in a hit-and-run crash in Vineland, Cumberland Country.
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Savion Glover, the master teacher

    Savion Glover, the master teacher

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 10:31 PM EDT2014-08-21 02:31:51 GMT
    While the rest of us merely march to the beat of our own drum, Savion Glover is the drum. The tap dance superstar has dazzled audiences from the small screen to the big screen from the White House to the Great White Way. More than just a legend, Savion has become a curator of tap. He is on a mission to keep the craft sacred for future generations.
    While the rest of us merely march to the beat of our own drum, Savion Glover is the drum. The tap dance superstar has dazzled audiences from the small screen to the big screen from the White House to the Great White Way. More than just a legend, Savion has become a curator of tap. He is on a mission to keep the craft sacred for future generations.
  • Fatal boat explosion on Long Island

    Fatal boat explosion on Long Island

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 9:56 PM EDT2014-08-21 01:56:27 GMT
    Detectives from the Nassau County Homicide Squad are investigating an explosion that destroyed a boat, burned two docks, and killed one person in Manorhaven on Wednesday afternoon. Two dock workers and two boaters were gassing up a docked 33-foot Carver motor boat just after 2:45 p.m. when an explosion tore through the boat, setting it and the dock on fire, police said.
    Detectives from the Nassau County Homicide Squad are investigating an explosion that destroyed a boat, burned two docks, and killed one person in Manorhaven on Wednesday afternoon. Two dock workers and two boaters were gassing up a docked 33-foot Carver motor boat just after 2:45 p.m. when an explosion tore through the boat, setting it and the dock on fire, police said.
  • Helmsley Building lights up in gold

    Going gold for pediatric cancer research

    Going gold for pediatric cancer research

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 9:22 PM EDT2014-08-21 01:22:24 GMT
    The Helmsley Building in Manhattan went gold Wednesday night in honor of children with cancer. The owners also plan to do the same in September for Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month.Other city landmarks that will go gold next month include Times Square, the Coney Island Parachute jump, and all of Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.
    The Helmsley Building in Manhattan went gold Wednesday night in honor of children with cancer. The owners also plan to do the same in September for Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month.Other city landmarks that will go gold next month include Times Square, the Coney Island Parachute jump, and all of Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices