POSTED: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 - 4:35pm
UPDATED: Saturday, March 16, 2013 - 12:23pm
Rio Grande Valley, TX (NEWSCENTER 23) — Locals in the Rio Grande Valley are reacting following the election of the new pope, many say they're excited and look forward to his leadership.
Locally at the San Juan of Basilica Catholic Shrine parishioners say they are expecting a lot from Pope Francis the First.
Parishioners say they hope his leadership skills will help prosper and evolve the Catholic church, they hope the new leader will help overcome some of the church's obstacles like child abuse and molestation cases, which have brought down the Catholic church.