December 22, 2014

Nebraska Bishop says Pope Francis was a surprise pick (AUDIO)

It didn’t take long for the Conclave of Cardinals to choose a new Pope and a Nebraska Roman Catholic Bishop says that says a lot about the man they chose.

Bishop James Conley of the Lincoln Diocese said the choice of the Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Jorge Bergoglio, surprised many.

“It shows you how all the prognosticators are often wrong when they try to determine what the Holy Spirit is going to do,” Conley told reporters during a news conference held shortly after the election of Bergoglio.

Bergoglio takes the name Francis, the first Jesuit and first from outside Europe to be chosen Pope.

“I think we could see by his very short appearance on the loggia at St. Peter’s Basilica is a man of deep humility. That was the first thing that struck me,” Conley said.

Bergoglio is 76. He served as the Archbishop of Buenos Aires and has served in Argentina nearly his entire career with the church.

Pope Francis asked for prayers for himself, and for retired Pope Benedict XVI, who resigned. The conclave that chose the 266th pontiff worked quickly, coming together on the 5th ballot in the second day.

AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:40]

AUDIO: Bishop James Conley of the Lincoln Diocese discusses the election of Jorge Bergoglio as Pope. [17:30]