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Sean Stipp | Tribune-Review - Bishop Lawrence E. Brandt of the Catholic Diocese of Greensburg is jubilant about the election of the new  pope on Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Brandt spoke at the Pastoral Center in Greensburg.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Sean Stipp  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Bishop Lawrence E. Brandt of the Catholic Diocese of Greensburg is jubilant about the election of the new  pope on Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Brandt spoke at the Pastoral Center in Greensburg.
Jasmine Goldband | Tribune-Review - St. Paul's Cathedral Rector, the Rev. Kris Stubna, texts his friends while anxiously watching the television to learn who would become the new pope on Wednesday March 13, 2013. Vickie Kobayashi, visiting from Seattle, (left) Donna Seuilli of Oakland and Eileen Lancos of Greenfield also wait in anticipation. Moments late, they learned that Pope Francis, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, was chosen.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jasmine Goldband  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>St. Paul's Cathedral Rector, the Rev. Kris Stubna, texts his friends while anxiously watching the television to learn who would become the new pope on Wednesday March 13, 2013.  Vickie Kobayashi, visiting from Seattle, (left) Donna Seuilli of Oakland and Eileen Lancos of Greenfield also wait in anticipation. Moments late, they learned that Pope Francis, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, was chosen.
Jasmine Goldband | Tribune-Review - St. Paul's Cathedral Rector, the Rev. Kris Stubna, chats with others awaiting the announcement of the new pontiff on Wednesday March 13, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jasmine Goldband  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>St. Paul's Cathedral Rector, the Rev. Kris Stubna, chats with others awaiting the announcement of the new pontiff on Wednesday March 13, 2013.
Guy Wathen | Tribune-Review - St. Vincent College students view Pope Francis on television at the campus near Latrobe on Wednesday, March 13, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Guy Wathen | Tribune-Review</em></div>St. Vincent College students view Pope Francis on television at the campus near Latrobe on Wednesday, March 13, 2013.
Heidi Murrin | Tribune-Review - St. Anne eighth-graders Nicole Reyes, second from left, and Lindsay Laverty, both 14, learn that Pope Francis is from Argentina. Principal Cathy Jakubowski, left, and secretary Kellie Coffey join the two students as they watch the pontiff live on the computer in the main office on Wednesday, March 13, 2013. 'We have a pope!' they exclaimed. In the hallways, the other students shouted with excitement in the Castle Shannon school.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Heidi Murrin  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>St. Anne eighth-graders Nicole Reyes, second from left, and Lindsay Laverty, both 14, learn that Pope Francis is from Argentina. Principal Cathy Jakubowski, left, and secretary Kellie Coffey join the two students as they watch the pontiff live on the computer in the main office on Wednesday, March 13, 2013.  'We have a pope!' they exclaimed.  In the hallways, the other students shouted with excitement in the Castle Shannon school.
Heidi Murrin | Tribune-Review - St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Virgin eighth-graders Olivia Sinkule, 14, Michael Silvestre, 13, rear right, seventh-grader Gehrig Hutchison, 13, front left, and eighth-grader Coleton Hurley, 14, talk with the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review on Wednesday March 13, 2013, about Pope Francis' election.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Heidi Murrin  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Virgin eighth-graders Olivia Sinkule, 14, Michael Silvestre, 13, rear right, seventh-grader Gehrig Hutchison, 13, front left, and eighth-grader Coleton Hurley, 14, talk with the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review on Wednesday March 13, 2013, about Pope Francis' election.
Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review - Sisters in the medical-care wing of Sisters of Saint Francis Chapel in Millvale conduct evening prayers on Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Prayers were said for Pope Francis of Argentina, the 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review</em></div>Sisters in the medical-care wing of Sisters of Saint Francis Chapel in Millvale conduct evening prayers on Wednesday, March 13, 2013.  Prayers were said for Pope Francis of Argentina, the  266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church.
Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review - Sister Margaret Ann Ufheil (right), 75, of Bellevue, Sister Lorraine Wesolowski (center), 71, of Glenshaw, and Sister Maryann Smith, 72, of Millvale, watch television coverage of the conclave at Sisters of Saint Francis in Millvale on Wednesday, March 13, 2013. The sisters are pleased that Pope Francis chose his name for the saint of their sisterhood's namesake, Saint Francis of Assisi. The saint is revered for his life's devotion to poverty and to the rebuilding of the church.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review</em></div>Sister Margaret Ann Ufheil (right), 75, of Bellevue, Sister Lorraine Wesolowski (center), 71, of Glenshaw, and Sister Maryann Smith, 72, of Millvale, watch television coverage of the conclave at Sisters of Saint Francis in Millvale on Wednesday, March 13, 2013.  The sisters are pleased that Pope Francis chose his name for the saint of their sisterhood's namesake, Saint Francis of Assisi. The saint is revered for his life's devotion to poverty and to the rebuilding of the church.
Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review - Sisters pray in the chapel of Sisters of Saint Francis in Millvale following the announcement of Pope Francis, 76, of Argentina, as the Roman Catholic Church's new leader. Prayers were devoted on Wednesday March 13, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review</em></div>Sisters pray in the chapel of Sisters of Saint Francis in Millvale following the announcement of Pope Francis, 76, of Argentina, as the Roman Catholic Church's new leader. Prayers were devoted on Wednesday March 13, 2013.
Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review - Sister Lorraine Wesolowski (right), 71, of Glenshaw and Sister Maryann Smith, 72, of Millvale talk at Sisters of Saint Francis in Millvale about the new pontiff on Wednesday March 13, 2013. 'There was a warmth about him when he came to the stage,' said Sister Lorraine. 'He understands suffering,' said Sister Maryann.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review</em></div>Sister Lorraine Wesolowski (right), 71, of Glenshaw and Sister Maryann Smith, 72, of Millvale talk at Sisters of Saint Francis in Millvale about the new pontiff on Wednesday March 13, 2013. 'There was a warmth about him when he came to the stage,' said Sister Lorraine.  'He understands suffering,' said Sister Maryann.
Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review - A photo of newly elected Pope Francis is displayed in the entrance of the chapel at Sisters of Saint Francis in Millvale on Wednesday, March 13, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review</em></div>A photo of newly elected Pope Francis is displayed in the entrance of the chapel at Sisters of Saint Francis in Millvale on Wednesday, March 13, 2013.
Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review - Sister Jane Schmitt, 84, of Millvale, prays in the chapel during evening prayers at Sisters of Saint Francis in Millvale on Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Some evening prayers were devoted to Pope Francis, the Rpman Catholic Church's new leader.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review</em></div>Sister Jane Schmitt, 84, of Millvale, prays in the chapel during evening prayers at Sisters of Saint Francis in Millvale on Wednesday, March 13, 2013.  Some evening prayers were devoted to Pope Francis, the Rpman Catholic Church's new leader.
Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review - Sister Lorraine Wesolowski, 71, of Glenshaw calls for a special devotion for Pope Francis during evening prayers at Sisters of Saint Francis in Millvale on Wednesday March 13, 2013. Several sisters commented on the newly elected pope's call to pray for him, calling it a sign of modesty.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review</em></div>Sister Lorraine Wesolowski, 71, of Glenshaw calls for a special devotion for Pope Francis during evening prayers at Sisters of Saint Francis in Millvale on Wednesday March 13, 2013.  Several sisters commented on the newly elected pope's call to pray for him, calling it a sign of modesty.
Jim Ference | The Valley Independent - Gracie Rodriguez, 8, a second-grader at Modonna Catholic Regional School in Monongahela, views the new pope on Wednesday March 13, 2013, from a classroom in the Washington County school. She was waiting for her mother-preschool teacher Janie Rodriguez of Finleyville.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jim Ference |  The Valley Independent</em></div>Gracie Rodriguez, 8, a second-grader at Modonna Catholic Regional School in Monongahela, views the new pope on Wednesday March 13, 2013, from a classroom in the Washington County school. She was waiting for her mother-preschool teacher Janie Rodriguez of Finleyville.
Andrew Russell | Tribune-Review - Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh Bishop David Zubik prays at the podium before the start of a news conference on Wednesday March 13, 2013, in St. Paul Seminary in Crafton. He addressed the media about the election of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina as the new pontiff. Pope Francis becomes the leader of more than 1 billion Roman Catholics.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Andrew Russell  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh Bishop David Zubik prays at the podium before the start of a news conference on Wednesday March 13, 2013, in St. Paul Seminary in Crafton. He addressed the media about the election of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina as the new pontiff. Pope Francis becomes the leader of more than 1 billion Roman Catholics.
Andrew Russell | Tribune-Review - Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh Bishop David Zubik talks to reporters before a news conference on Wednesday March 13, 2013, at St. Paul Seminary in Crafton. He spoke about the election of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio as Pope Francis of Argentina.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Andrew Russell  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh Bishop David Zubik talks to reporters before a news conference on Wednesday March 13, 2013, at St. Paul Seminary in Crafton. He spoke about the election of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio as Pope Francis of Argentina.
Andrew Russell | Tribune-Review - Bishop David Zubik speaks at St. Paul Seminary in Crafton about the election of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio as Pope Francis. The College of Cardinals chose a Latin American as the new pope on Wednesday, March 13, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Andrew Russell  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Bishop David Zubik speaks at St. Paul Seminary in Crafton about the election of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio as Pope Francis. The College of Cardinals chose a Latin American as the new pope on Wednesday, March 13, 2013.
Guy Wathen | Tribune-Review - St. Vincent College students are enthusiastic to see Pope Francis on television on the school's campus near Latrobe on Wednesday March 13, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Guy Wathen | Tribune-Review</em></div>St. Vincent College students are enthusiastic to see Pope Francis on television on the school's campus near Latrobe on Wednesday March 13, 2013.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013, 11:40 p.m.
 

Before he blessed the crowd Wednesday as the new leader of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis asked the thousands assembled in St. Peter's Square to pray for him.

“What a beautiful and humble moment that was. It speaks of simplicity and a life of humility,” Pittsburgh Bishop David Zubik said during a news conference at St. Paul's Seminary in Crafton less than an hour after Jorge Mario Bergoglio, 76, of Argentina became pope.

Church leaders in Western Pennsylvania said that Bergoglio's election begins a new era for the church. He is the first pope to use the name Francis, and the first non-European pope in more than 1,000 years.

“A new page is turned ... and it's a very, very exciting time as we look into the future,” said Greensburg Bishop Lawrence E. Brandt, speaking to reporters in Greensburg.

Bergoglio is a Jesuit priest, yet his choice of “Francis” as his papal name — if a reference to St. Francis of Assisi, founder of the Franciscan order — could hint at an openness to or acknowledgement of the need for reform, as St. Francis and Jesuit founder St. Ignatius Loyola were reformers of the Church in their time, said the Rev. Brian O'Donnell, S.J., Superior of the Jesuits at Wheeling Jesuit University.

“St. Ignatius wanted the Jesuits to be persons of prayer, but also very engaged in the community,” O'Donnell said.

Zubik, Brandt and O'Donnell said they knew of Bergoglio but are not acquainted with him and didn't know whether he has any personal connection to Western Pennsylvania.

“Many people who know him say he is saintly,” Zubik said.

Zubik says Bergoglio's humility impresses him most. He remarked on the simplicity of the new pope's vestments.

“He was just very simply dressed in plain white,” Zubik said.

In Buenos Aires, Bergoglio lived in a small apartment and rode the subway, Zubik said. And when he was named a cardinal in 2001, he encouraged wealthy Argentines to skip the investiture in Rome and donate the money to charity.

Brandt said he was particularly impressed by the young people who gathered in St. Peter's Square to greet the new pope. He was not surprised that Pope Francis hails from South America, given the concentration of Catholics there. Nearly 77 percent of the 42 million Argentineans are Catholic. About 75 percent of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics live outside of Europe, according to the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life.

“It doesn't surprise me that we're moving maybe out of a European model or framework to a more universal or global framework,” Brandt said. “I think it's only appropriate that other parts of the world have representation in the highest levels of the church.”

Staff writers Jennifer Reeger and Matthew Santoni contributed to this report. Rick Wills is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7944 or at rwills@tribweb.com.

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