Catholics all across Mid-Missouri celebrated their first Easter Sunday mass with Pope Francis as their new pontiff.
Faithful followers of Pope Francis packed Jefferson City's St. Peter's Church for several masses on Easter Sunday. A picture of the pope greeted parishioners as they entered their historic cathedral across from the State Capitol building. Their Easter celebration was special to many Jefferson City Catholics because they are experiencing Easter's time of renewal with a new pope.
Flossie Fatchford said, "It's special because he is our kind of pope. I think getting rid of some of the traditions to bring young people back is terrific."
Ashley Tichelkamp said, "It's kind of different with the new pope because I was so used to growing up with Pope Benedict. It's just different."
Scott Nilges said, "More or less, it makes me think about the things that I've done and that he died for us. I just try to make myself better."
Lance Johnson said, "It's like a new beginning, just like Easter is a new beginning and a new resurrection. That's how I feel how it is."
Pat Pollock said, "We like Pope Francis. I think it's going to be real good for the church."
Pope Francis asked for peace during his first Easter Sunday message to the world. Since his first day on March 13, Pope Francis has shown his concern for the poor and suffering, a concern shared by parishioners at Jefferson City's St. Peter's Church and the Pope's followers all around the world.