As the bells rang and white smoke appeared Wednesday, Catholics around the world celebrated the election of Pope Francis as the 266th pope.
We asked Dunedin Patch Facebook readers how they felt on Facebook about the Catholic Church's selection of Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio to lead the church.
They responded positively.
Olivia Paff Hoegstrom wrote, "Amazing. He has the mind of Jesuit, the heart of a Franciscan and was the front-runner, last time. Plus who doesn't love some Argentinean food??"
"I think he's a great choice," wrote David DeRousse.
We want to hear from you! Do you think Pope Francis is the right person to lead the Catholic Church?
On Wednesday, Bishop Robert Lynch with the Diocese of St. Petersburg released a welcome letter to Pope Francis.
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