Announcement of Pope Francis brings pride to Americas and joy to Academy


Argentina’s cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, elected Pope Francis I, appears on the balcony of St Peter’s Basilica on March 13, 2013, in Vatican City. Bergoglio was elected as the 266th pope and will lead the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics. (Osservatore Romano/Eidon/Zuma Press/MCT)

Achona Staff

The announcement of the newly elected Pope Francis occurred Wednesday afternoon, March 13, during a Mini-Course meeting of newspaper and yearbook staff members heading for the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) conference next week in New York on March 20-22.  Within 24 hours, 82 Academy students shared their comments (see below) on their enthusiasm for this new Pope.

Achona Junior Section Editor Samantha Vargas was immediately impressed.  “My grandmother will be so happy to hear this! Although she is from Bolivia, she lived in Argentina before coming to the United States.”

Echoes Yearbook Adviser Sister Lisa Perkowski shared her joy. “This is wonderful news for all of us.”

Read  Academy students’ comments below about the news of the first Pope elected from the Americas.