"It's a blessed day;" Tucsonans offer papal prayers
Reporter: Cory Marshall
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV)- This afternoon inside St. Augustine Cathedral, Friday Mass carried even more significance as church members celebrated what they called a new era -- honoring the election of Pope Francis.
Kitty Sather is a practicing Catholic and has been for most of her life.
"[It's] time for a change," Sather said.
Moved to tears, Sather hopes the new pope brings a sense of healing to the church.
"Financially, emotionally and with all the abuse type of things -- I hope they clean house," Sather continued.
"It's very moving to see how inspired people are by this election," Bishop Gerald Kicanas told 9OYS. The Bishop of Tucson lead the Friday mass.
Zachary Muranjira says he too is inspired. A devout Catholic, he feels a connection to the Argentine raised pope.
"It's just my point of view but the way he chose the name Francis [is] to come closer to [the] poor and that's what the religion needs," Muranjira said.
Bishop Kicanas will be in Rome on Tuesday as part of his work with the Catholic Relief Service. The trip; which was planned a while back, coincides with the official installation Mass for Pope Francis.
The installation Mass will be held Tuesday at St. Peter's Square.