Pope Francis is the first Pontiff from the Americas, the first Jesuit Pope, and the first non-European pick in a thousand years!
It's a choice that came as a surprise, and has everybody talking.
But the election of a new Pope also brought up some other issues within the Catholic Church.
Father William Parham is Pastor of Incarnation Catholic Church here in Memphis.
He's joined by Dr. Cathy Schanzer, Medical Missionary and Founder of Southern Eye Institute.