MADISON (WKOW) -- Bishop Robert Morlino of Madison says he's delighted about the cardinals' decision to elect Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio as the new Pope.
Bergoglio, now known as Pope Francis, was reportedly a frontrunner in the 2005 conclave. Bishop Morlino thinks he remained in that position in the minds of the cardinals and that's why the decision came so quickly.
Not only is he the first pope from the Americas, he's also the first Jesuit leader of the Catholic Church. Morlino believes he will be able to spread the church's message in a very intellectual way.
"The cardinals have been seeking to find someone who had two characteristics -- they would be comfortable preaching the gospel to the whole world, have enough energy to do it, and someone who knew several languages," Morlino said Wednesday afternoon. He also think Pope Francis will exhibit strong leadership, by example and by word.
Morlino is looking forward to meeting the new pope the next time he travels to Rome.