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Local Catholics send prayers as selection of pope begins

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The Catholic faithful in Atlanta are sending up prayers as the conclave of Cardinals meets to select a new pope. While they may wish for different things in the next pope, they all want a strong church leader.

The faithful prayed for the selection of a new pope during noon mass at the Cathedral of Christ the King in bulkhead.

"I just pray that it's a good and holy person, who will guide us to the best of his ability," said Charlotte Walbert.

Walbert, a lifelong Catholic, said she embraces the idea that Pope Benedict's replacement could be a non-European.

"Dolan said that he doesn't speak Italian very well. That could be a problem since a lot of the work is done in Italian, but I think it's time for a North American pope or an African pope," she said.

Charlotte Hafley continued her prayers long after mass ended.

"We have been praying for this ever since the news of Pope Benedict the XVI's resignation," said Hafley.

Hafley said she's leaving the election of a new pope in God's hands.

"The choice of the Holy Spirit, who will bring us a Holy Father to guide us in the ways that are needed at this moment in history," Hafley said.

She said she hopes the Cardinals select a new pope who can be a world leader.

"We obviously need a charismatic Holy Father - one with great love for all peoples," Hafley said.

The conclave of Cardinals will meet at the Vatican again on Wednesday to vote on the election of a new pope.

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