Gallery: Religious Orders at the Papal Inauguration

Sister Ursa

From Slovenia. She has lived in Rome for six months.
Urusuline Congregation.
Age 35.

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Kimberly Brooks / Covering Religion.

“This was an important event for the church. The pope talked about how to serve the poor, the poorest one. When he went by car he stopped by the invalid, and he blessed him. It was so special for me because I really saw who the pope is and how he will lead our church.”

Sister Mary Mitchie

Lives in Assisi.
Franciscan Congregation.

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Kimberly Brooks / Covering Religion.

“We are here to rejoice for the new pope. We left at 4:30a with three buses. So it’s with great joy in our hearts that we are here to embrace him and invite him to come to Assisi.”

Bishop Joseph Marthomas

Lives in Kerala, India.
Age 59.

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Kimberly Brooks / Covering Religion.

“This is wonderful day of blessing for each of us. I enjoyed the mass and the galaxy of cardinals.
We believe that Francis will be a good pope for the world”

Father Zygmont Mazanowski

From Indianapolis, Indiana. Lives in Rome.
Age 36.

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Kimberly Brooks / Covering Religion.

“It’s great to be here as a universal church people from different countries, and languages. It’s just a wonderful opportunity to celebrate what it means to be Catholic and what it means to follow Jesus. And the Pope chose the name Francis. Being a franciscan, that’s a special blessing for all of us.”

Stephen Gadberry

From Little Rock, AK. Lives in Rome.
Studies at the Pontifical North American College.
Age 27.

Kimberly Brooks / Covering Religion.

Kimberly Brooks / Covering Religion.

“When the Pope was processing in the pope-mobile around the square, the papal guards had to stay on their toes with him because he was jumping out of the truck at different times and hugging people. So just seeing how human he is, and how joyful he is, he is kind of like a grandpa, a good pastor for all of us.”

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