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Prefect, Congregation for Diving Worship
"We all went with great silence, in prayer, wanting to find God. The responsibility before God and the Church. So we left behind all other issues to go into the fundamental, to be synchronized with God to chose the one that God had already chosen.”

During the conclave period, they would talk in hallways, during meals, and express freely what each one of the was searching for.

Prefect, Congregation for Diving Worship
"The Pope I was searching for, I had talked about it with others, was a new St. Francis that could remake the encounter and the vision the saint had with St. Damian's Church: rebuild, remake the Church, a blessed man, evangelical, simple, poor, humble, that loves the Church, that feels close to mankind, and that would be full of joy.”

After the five rounds of voting needed, Cardinal Cañizares says he's happy with their choice, and the man that is now Pope.

Prefect, Congregation for Diving Worship
"I think he's the Pope the Church needs. After the extraordinary pontificate of John Paul II, and a deeply meaningful and firm one as with Benedict XVI, we needed a pontificate where that new evangelization, that knowledge, is plastered on that poor people are evangelized, which is the sing of God's presence, of the Savior among men.”

Pope Francis' simple style also carried on to liturgical celebrations. Cardinal Cañizares, prefect for the Congregation for Divine Worship, says that the Pope's style helps worshipers get a deeper appreciation of the ceremonies.

Prefect, Congregation for Diving Worship
"We have a man of God that lives out God's experience and his presence. So he expresses that through his adoration, his concentration, which is not only during the consecration, but also listening to the Word, to recite the Psalm, understand what it doesn't say. All of this, to me, makes us think that the Church does not lose depth, on the contrary.”

Cardinal Antonio Cañizares considers that the first weeks of the Pope's pontificate shows that they made the right decision, and what everyone, believer and non-believers alike, expected.