Local Catholics welcome church's new pope
Posted at: 03/13/2013 6:12 PM
| Updated at: 03/13/2013 6:17 PM
By: Christine VanTimmeren | WHEC.com
Billions worldwide were watching the Vatican Wednesday and that includes many of the 300,000 Catholics in the Greater Rochester area.
At Sacred Heart Cathedral in Rochester, they draped a flag over the building to celebrate the election of Pope Francis.
Christine VanTimmeren talked with Fr. Kevin McKenna, pastor of Sacred Heart Cathedral. To watch his interview, click play on the video player above.
Statement of Bishop Robert J. Cunningham, Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Rochester:
"It is with joy, happiness and gratitude to our gracious God, that we welcome Cardinal Bergoglio, Pope Francis, as our Holy Father. In his first papal appearance, he asked the people gathered in St. Peter’s Square and throughout the world to join him in prayer for the Bishop Emeritus of Rome, Benedict XVI. Using the Our Father, and Hail Mary he united us in a gesture of filial devotion. Pope Francis asked for the favor of our prayers. I trust the clergy, religious, and laity of the Diocese of Rochester will honor his request as we join him ‘in the journey of friendship, of love, of trust and of faith.’ To him we pledge not only our prayer but also our affection and loyalty."