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Catholic women evaluate choices for next Pope
That search for a new Pope has Catholics around the world evaluating their faith and looking at qualities they'd like to see in their next Pope.
News 5's Lauren Conley posed questions like that to local Catholic women in Hastings today.
Traditional or liberal?
News 5 asked faithful Catholic women what values they'd like the new Pope to embrace and what issues need to be brought to the forefront.
"Oh, I hope that our new holy father will be energetic and someone who can preach to a wide generation of people, old and young," said St. Michael's Elementary teacher Pam Aldana.
Aldana says she see's a changing world:
"I see traditional values beginning to wane."
Will the next Pope embrace dramatic change?
As the Papal Conclave began, 115 Cardinals were locked behind the Chapel doors inside the Vatican.
"It's a wonderfully big deal!" said Jan McChesney.
Members of one Catholic Church in Sarasota are speaking up for women's rights with a little pink.
"Today as pink smoke rises up we are praying for justice. We want our new pope to support women priests, married priests and Gospel equality the way Jesus did," said St. Andrews co-pastor Bridget Mary Meehan.
This liberal view point isn't echoed here in central Nebraska.
"I really don't think women have a place in our active church as far as being a priest or a bishop," Aldana said.
"I think that's very much against what the church has taught for years and years. I don't believe it's what Jesus would have wanted," McChesney said.
As allegations of sexual abuse have cast a shadow over the Catholic Church, many people, Catholic or not, would like to see a Pope who takes action to prevent the abuse.
"Our children need to be protected and someone when they're pastoral, they deal with the hard issues," said St. Michael's Principal Sister M. Hedwig.
Day one came to an end with no answers. Will day two have a different outcome?
"Pray, pray, pray, that our holy father will be coming soon, because we need him in these stormy seas."
A group of women took a stand for women's rights in St. Peter's Square Tuesday.
Protesters set off pink smoke flares on a hill above the Vatican. Like the church in Sarasota, the group says women should be allowed a greater role in the Church..
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