But you probably know that already. .
I was across the Lake at a Benedictine retreat center, celebrating Mass for the 8th grade girls of Mt Carmel Academy. I was vested and standing outside the chapel waiting for the girls to come over. . .when one of the bus drivers stated yelling: "White smoke! We have a Pope!" A second later, my cell beeped with a text msg from PopeAlarm. . .
The driver called me over to the bus and we watched a live feed of the balcony for about ten minutes. By that time, I had to go in for Mass.
After Mass, the driver called me over and said that they were just about to announce the new Pope.
We listened. . .cheered. . .and I ran back over to the chapel and announced the news to the girls before they loaded into their buses. They clapped. I said to them, "First Latin American pope; first Jesuit pope; and the first pope named Francis. . .a day of firsts, ladies!"
The driver asked me, "So, Father, are you happy with their choice?" I said, "He's the Holy Father; of course, I'm happy!" :-)
Anyway. . .God Bless our Holy Father, Pope Francis I! (Check the sidebar for the basic facts about F1).______________
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