JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- Catholics on the First Coast that First Coast News talked to tell us the new pope brings a sense of excitement.
At the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Downtown Jacksonville, folks had their own opinion of Pope Francis.
"I like him. I think he's very nice and he's a little younger and I'm glad of that," said parishioner, Venice McClain.
Michael Klusman, attending church from Otsego, Michigan said "At this point, the pope is an unknown quantity. I knew nothing about him before he was elected as pope. I know only a few solid facts about him now."
Sunday, the new pontiff broke tradition, speaking off-the cuff as he appeared before thousands in the Vatican on his first Sunday as pope.
"My impression has been, how you say, a little bit of a surprise," Father Ed Murphy, Pastor of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church said. "But I think this is quite refreshing for the Catholic Church."
Murphy said the new Pope wants to show his philosophy of servitude. Murphy also said he hopes the pope is able to better tackle problems within the Catholic Church.
"Especially with the issue of the clergy sexual abuse and the Vati leaks and stuff like that," Murphy explained. "And problems of corruption within the curio."
Other people talked about the pope and the Catholic Church future and they said they want, "A wider spread return to the true faith. The way it used to be," Pat Klusman, of Otsego, Michigan said as she stood by her husband, Michael's side. "The best of the new and the best of the old, which they seem to have shoved aside in many places."
Scarlett Joseph, of Jacksonville is a parishioner at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. "I'm hoping that the pope brings more faith into the Catholic Church," she said.
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