Cecilia, thank you very much. Joining us I carl donald wuerl, archbishop of washington, d.C. And he was part of the papal conclave. Cardinal, good morning and welcome. You know pope francis. Good... See More
Cecilia, thank you very much. Joining us I carl donald wuerl, archbishop of washington, d.C. And he was part of the papal conclave. Cardinal, good morning and welcome. You know pope francis. Good morning. You know pope francis very, very well. You sat next to him when he was still a cardinal at mass in the last morning in the conclave. Are you -- did you imagine at that moment that he would be taking the center stage for the catholic church? Well, I think that was part of the surprise, sitting there at mass with him and then chatting with him afterwards was altogether different than seeing him a little while later in white in recognizing our new pope. The excitement, though, of what he brings to this moment is so palpable. It was such a joy simply to see him stand up now as the newly elected pope, a smile and then, of course, as we all saw when he stepped out onto the balcony and simply greeted people as you would anyone, he just said good evening and then, of course, there was the roar of applause. in history, a pope from the new world. Right. A pope from thetern hemisphere. And someone who comes bringing a whole new fresh vision. Well, he definitely brings -- cardinal, he definitely brings a fresh vision. He brings an incredible story of a life of humility. How do you think this man will adjust to the life of grandeur, the pressures of being the pope of the new catholic world? Well, I think we already got a little taste of tt when he stepped out onto the he, while vested in white, didn't seem to lose any of that characteristic simplicity, charm, quietness. I don't think we'll see a lot of personality change in him. What he's going to have to do is take on the responsibility of leading this worldwide church, but I don't think that's going to bring to him a change in who he is. We heard him with his sense of humor, trademark sense of humor saying "may god help you" after he toasted you after you elected him pope and said he would go back to his old rooms to "pay his tab." Do you think that will continue, as well? I think so. You know, when he walked into the dining room where we were all gathered after he stepped off the loggia and came down to have supper, he came into the room pretty much the way he did every other time in this conclave. He is simply walked in, greeted the brother cardinals who were standing around, made his way to his seat as if nothing had changed. I think we're going to see a great simplicity of style, even though he now has this enormous responsibility. That, he does. Cardinal donald wuerl from washington, d.C., Joining us this morning from vatican city, congratulations on a successful and 25 1/2-hour conclave. Good to see here this morning, sir. Thank you. Thank you.
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