Marquette students in Rome saw the new pope firsthand

CREATED Mar 13, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - As Pope Francis stepped out before the crowd gathered at St. Peter's Square Tuesday, reaction set in around the world.

"When I found out it was a Jesuit I was very surprised!" Father Warren Suzama said with a laugh.

Warren is a Jesuit himself and President of Marquette University High School.

"I honestly thought we had a better chance at getting an American pope than a Jesuit pope," Father Warren said.

Both Marquette High and Marquette University are Jesuit institutions.

Jesuits make up the largest religious order of the Roman Catholic church. It got it's start in 1534 at the university of paris. They have a strong commitment to social justice and education. And, many
see jesuits as a modern order.

"I expect that he will be a Pope true to Jesuit tradition of kinda pushing the envelope a little bit in terms of the intellectual frontiers of the church and openness to the world," said Father Zuzama.

Marquette University Sophomore Seamus Doyle got to see the announcement of the new pope, first hand. He is currently studying abroad there, and shared his reaction through Skype.

"Jesuit values have been ingrained in my family and seeing the background that he comes from and knowing we share something similar besides our catholic faith," he said. "It's exciting."

Doyle said he was most touched by Pope Francis' humble personality.

"Usually the pope blesses the crowd," he added. "But he asked everyone for a moment of silence to bless him first. It was kind of moving. Everyone stood still."

They were touched by the pope's request for the crowd to pray for him before giving them the traditional blessing.