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Joining me now on the phone from Rome is cardinal Donald world of the -- Washington DC archdiocese.
-- thank you very much for being with us.
Your thoughts on this day.
Well it's very exciting day I think it's -- data also called up to look to the future.
As the jury in.
In the face of hope -- I think is something that is just contagious.
He is a very simple very humble.
But also very dedicated.
I believe very holy man he's also very bright.
But his life has been at the service of the church.
Focused on people with -- focused on the poor.
And so I think what we're doing is we're taking a look into the future.
As we went into this concrete we talked about the need for the church.
To be engaged in his spiritual.
I think that's what he called us to.
It's a beautiful beautiful day not only for the church I think it's a beautiful day for all of those who are touched by the great addition to the church.
-- -- can you paint a picture for folks.
You mentioned the conclave and inside the Sistine Chapel and how you get to this decision in just two days.
In in only five ballots.
Can you paint a picture for folks back here in the US about how that all comes together.
Yeah I think you have to remember that the process to the conclave.
Was the week we stand in what they called the general congregation to all the cardinals getting to know each other.
Talk with each other and discuss what the needs of the church are.
And also be appropriate you know one another for their qualities that are dear to their talent.
The reason that -- hole we -- Well -- because at least you wanna spend a lot of time deliberating.
So that you don't have to spend a lot of time when it comes to making the decision.
I think when we went into the conclave.
We had a fairly good idea of the profile.
Of the person we -- did.
So it didn't take long for things to -- Happening just before holy week just before an Easter everything we can hear from Argentina from Latin America is that -- ecstatic how much did that.
Really factor into this decision reaching out to Latin America and making sure that the 500 million plus Catholics there.
Continuing on their path.
But I think -- there was this sense that it tie him it's time this is the first time in the history the first time in Britain.
2000 year history -- -- But we have had a poll from the new world from our atmosphere.
I think it was a defensive and it was just to the right time.
Because we've had now.
Outbreak in the long tradition of Italian -- -- that -- -- spoke German Pope received little suspense.
It was time to move now into the rest of the world and it happens is of course to our hemisphere and to America.
Colonel when he was cardinal of a -- he.
The curious and the inner workings of of the Vatican at times.
How much of a reformer do you think -- Francis will be.
I suspect that we're going to see he will bring them all he isn't so good.
On the needs of people and to be able to respond to those -- he'll bring that to his task now.
And I think we're going to see he will look at the way the the opposite you know material -- -- and you'll see them through that prism and probably expect them.
To work out at a different pace and a different way -- -- noted for being.
Very hands on.
In terms of his ministry.
But getting out not having a lot of interference between him and those that he's trying to reach so I think we may see that reflected.
In his pontificate.
Remember they -- the -- exist.
To facilitate that mission -- ministry of the Pope.
I think he's going to bring his vision into of the reform Mercury.
We've talked a lot last thing here cardinal about his choice of France's as his name.
Saint that was a humble servant who turned his back on his family's wealth.
It seems like -- France's in his history has a lot of those same qualities.
I think we're going to see good choice of the name was very symbolic.
The cardinal -- -- -- now Pope Francis.
Has an approach should.
Is it really -- focused on the mission but bureaucracy.
Focused on reaching people could not be getting kind of so bogged down in the -- all the work process.
That strikes me as very very.
Symptomatic if you're drawing a picture of Saint Francis.
He wasn't clear -- people they're trying to preach the gospel -- the gospel I think that.
It's going to be what we see in the life of -- Francis.
Our thanks carnal world thank you for joining us we look forward to have you back in studio in your back here in Washington DC.
Looking forward to seeing you and thank you again for the opportunity sure these software you -- put up.
Thank you cardinal.
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