Marquette student witnesses historic papal announcement

CREATED Mar. 13, 2013

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ROME - A Marquette University student studying abroad in Rome never anticipated witnessing history.

"I never expected to see this," Seamus Doyle, of Milwaukee, told WTMJ's Wisconsin's Afternoon News.  "I can't put it into words.  It was amazing"

Doyle was among the throng of Catholics who crammed into St. Peter's Square.

"There must have been 50-thousand people there," Doyle said.  "It was incredible."

According to Doyle, people were shocked when Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio's name was announced.

"Everyone knew who he was but they were surprised," he said.

When asked whether he bought anything to commemorate the day, Doyle said he bought stamps.

"(Stamps) sound boring," he admitted.  "But I think they will be very unique."