What are your hopes for the new pope?

Anna Weggel
Analyst
Public Insight Network
Newly elected Pope Francis I waves to the waiting crowd from the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica on March 13, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/ Getty Images)

Newly elected Pope Francis I of Argentina is the first non-European pope in more than 1,000 years. Here, he waves to the waiting crowd from the central balcony of St Peter’s Basilica on March 13, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid | Getty Images)

On Wednesday, March 13, a group of Catholic cardinals chose a new pope after two days of conclave: Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina.

Bergoglio, who will be called Pope Francis I, is notable because he is the first non-European pope in more than 1,000 years, the first ever to come from South America and the first Jesuit to be elected pope.

Pope Francis is known for a lifetime of teaching and leading priests in Latin America, a humble personal style and for modernizing a very conservative Latin American church.

Tell us: What are your hopes for the new pope? What is the significance in choosing a pope who is a “first” in so many ways? And what do you hope the Catholic Church will look like in 10 years?

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Anna Weggel Analyst
Public Insight Network

Anna Weggel is a Public Insight Analyst, which means she spends her time crafting questions about upcoming story topics to send to sources in the Public Insight Network and then produces web, audio and video content featuring those sources.

Before finding her home at APM in 2008, Anna received her B.A. in journalism, was the editor in chief of The Minnesota Daily, and internship hopped through Mother Jones, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Pioneer Press, the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, and the Downtown Journal. Anna's non-work life is held hostage by the stage -- where she performs improv comedy and shows with her lady bluegrass band.