Hopes for the New Pope

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SACRAMENTO–

The long awaited decision process to elect the 266th pope will begin this week. And, nearly 6,600 miles from the Vatican, Catholic Sacramentans seem to be less worried about who it will be and more worried about what the new pope will do.

“I hope he helps the homeless,” one Catholic told FOX40.

“He may be in his 80’s, but as long as he understands that there is technology in this world we live in today,” says Arbel Dalalo.

He and his family hope to get to know the new pope via social media, just like they know President Obama — through Twitter.

“Past popes have been good about using the media as an important tool,” says Father Michael O’Reilly with the Cathedral of a Blessed Sacrament. But, he tells FOX40, there’s a time and place for everything.

“I find it frustrating to find people constantly on their … devices.”

Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation is the first in nearly 600 years. And, in the secret world of the vatican, “he’s gotta be voted in, he can’t just walk in” as one Catholic puts it.

The new pope “should be wise and understand the gifts he has been given in a world that will need those gifts,” says O’Reilly. Whomever it might be, Catholics around the world are looking hoping he’ll step up.

“Whichever road he goes [down], we will follow,” one Catholic says.

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