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Pope Francis had his first day in the job today after, what many consider, his surpise election last night.
So is he the right man to take the Catholic Church forward after it was hit by a series of scandals?
Hannah HcNulty has been gauging reaction:
The election of the new Pope is being widely welcomed within the Catholic Church.
Pope Francis is beginning his first day in charge after being elected in Rome last night (13th March).
The 76-year-old Argentinian faces tough challenges with the Church dogged by sex abuse scandals and allegations of corruption, but religious leaders here say he is the right man for the job.
Father John Millar, from Our Lady and St Joseph's in Carlisle, said:
Scotland's First Minister has welcomed the appointment of Pope Francis.
Addressing MSPs this afternoon, Alex Salmond said:
"His election will be a great encouragement to our Catholic community, who are such an important and highly valued part of the fabric of Scotland.
"The Pope's first message urging greater bonds of understanding between peoples and nations is one that will resonate around the world and we wish the church well under the leadership of Pope Francis."