BROOKLYN - Brooklyn's Catholics say they're happy that the conclave of cardinals has chosen Pope Francis as the new leader of the Roman Catholic Church.

Catholics across the borough say the choice made by the 115 cardinals is a historic moment for the church.

Although experts say he is considered to be a part of the church's conservative wing, Pope Francis' record shows issues of equality and outreach to be top priorities.

The pope's chosen name has significant meaning to St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Academy in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens. Students at the school say they feel more connected to their religion now that the pope has taken their school’s namesake.