When exciting moments in history happen, we often share “where were you when” stories. And on March 13, one of those exciting moments happened.
Less than two weeks after Benedict XVI became the first pope in more than 600 years to resign, the world witnessed another set of “firsts” with the election of the new pope: Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio is the first Pope Francis, the first pope from the Jesuit order of the church and the first pope from South America.
Throughout Wednesday, we were gathering people's “where were you when” stories as we went out and reported.
Religious studies professor Chip Callahan was in his office, and he watched the announcement on his computer.
Fr. Thomas Saucier, pastor of the St. Thomas More Newman Center, was just sitting down to lunch when he got a text from someone about the new pontiff.
Fr. Herb Hayek of Sacred Heart Catholic Church mentioned the new pope at the beginning of daily mass on Wednesday evening, and one woman there said that was when she heard the news.
Students at Fr. Tolton Catholic High School were in class, and as soon as the white smoke went up over the Sistine Chapel, signaling that a pope had been elected, the day turned into a celebration.
What about you? Where were you when you heard there was a new pope? Did you watch the announcement? How did you first hear the news?
We'd love to hear your “where were you when” story! (And no, you don't have to be Catholic to tell it.)
Leave us a quick note about your experience in the comments section below.