Cardinal Roger Mahony says the impact new Pope Francis will have on the world is “unimaginable.”
Despite being rebuked recently by Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez for his handling of sexual abuse cases, Mahony participated in the conclave that elected Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina as the 266th Roman Catholic pope.
“It’s unimaginable, the impact that this is going to have across the world, in particular, of course, obviously, Latin America,” Mahony said.
“It’s the first time we’ve ever had a Southern Hemisphere pope,” he continued. “It’s the first time we’ve ever had a Latin American pope. It’s just extraordinary, extraordinary.”
Chip Yost reports from Vatican City.