The Catholic Church has a new pope. 76-year old Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio from Argentina has taken the name Pope Francis. SDPB’s news team gathered reactions from across the state. Charles Michael Ray has today’s Dakota Digest.
When white smoke began pouring out of Saint Peters Basilica Bishop Robert Gruss who leads the Catholic Diocese in Rapid City did the same thing as many Catholics around the world. He waited for the official announcement. When the news came in that Cardinal Bergoglio from Argentina would become Pope Francis, Gruss was surprised but pleased.