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Charlottesville Catholics React to New Pope

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Catholic leaders in Charlottesville are reacting to the election of a new world leader. An archbishop from Argentina is the next pope.

White smoke billowed from the Vatican just after 2 p.m. Wednesday.

Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, 76, will be the first ever Pope from the Americas - and the first from outside Europe in more than a millennium. He chose the name Pope Francis.

Father Gregory Kandt from the Church of Incarnation in Charlottesville says the change brings with it a fresh start.

"It's a new beginning for us and our new pope, Pope Francis really seems to evoke the spirit of St. Francis. There has never been a Pope named Francis before, so I think it's significant that he has chosen that name," said Kandt.

Father Kandt also says that the first South American Pope will bring a new spirit to the church.

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