Many Erie Catholics are focusing on the start of this week's conclave in Rome.
Everyone has a different idea of the type of pope who should be chosen to lead the Roman Catholic Church. We spoke with many parishioners of St. Peter Cathedral today.
Julia Gorbatoff said, "I just hope it is someone we can be proud of, who keeps the values and morals that we expect him to have."
Aaron Kerr said, "Definitely somebody who is compassionate, Christ-like, like his predecessor, cares about the poor and justice."
Donald Robie said, "He must be a man of all seasons, someone who can tackle the problems of the church, do so with compassion, show leadership and so on."
Bishop Lawrence Persico thinks the demands of the papacy will lead to the choice of a leader who can cope with the tremendous challenges and worldwide travel.
He said, "It is going to be someone younger, stronger and have a global perspective."