BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A new pope has been elected and students at Loyola University are excited about Pope Francis.

Gigi Barnett reports students watched and waited for hours.

Loyola is a Catholic university and a Jesuit one.

Pope Francis is a Jesuit, which means that he’s part of an order of priests that are educators.

The wait for a new pope is over.

“It just caught me by surprise,” said a student.

“I’m a little shocked. I thought it might take a little more time,” said another student.

As thousands in Rome celebrated, the joy has reached Baltimore.

They say they would like a pope who can reach younger audiences and that he will have a special meaning for this Jesuit university. It’s also the first non-European pope.

“I would be a little bit more comfortable with a pope that’s a little bit older because that’s tradition but I feel like the pope does need to be a bit more in tune with what’s going on in the world,” a student said.

Students are happy there’s a pope in plenty of time for Easter.

Pope Francis is the 266th pope. He is from Argentina.

The pope’s Twitter account is back up and running.


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