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Speaking on WTOP Thursday, the Archbishop of Washington described how the atmosphere changed among the cardinals the moment they entered the Sistine Chapel and how the cardinals knew Jorge Bergoglio would be the next pope.
Monsignor Steven Rohlfs, rector of Mount St. Mary's Seminary in Emmitsburg, picked the right country of origin but the wrong person in predicting who would become the next pope.
Pope Francis is a pontiff of firsts. He is the first Francis and the first Jesuit pope. But he is also the first pope from the Americas and Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, says the symbolism of that global choice makes his selection historic.