BROOKLYN - It's a new day for Catholics worldwide following the election of Pope Francis, the first pontiff from the Americas.

Brooklyn Catholics attended Mass today for the first time since the historic vote in Vatican City proclaimed Argentine Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio as their next spiritual leader.

The 76-year-old pope is also the first Jesuit pope and the first to take the name Francis, in honor of St. Francis of Assisi, who was known for his support of the poor. Students and staff at St. Francis of Assissi Catholic Academy in Prospect-Lefferts Garden say they're thrilled about the pope's new name.

New York Archbishop Timothy Cardinal Dolan was among the 115 cardinals who casted their ballots at the Sistine Chapel. He shared a humorous moment from dinner after the selection process. He said that Francis toasted the group by simply saying, "May God forgive you."

Many say they hope the new pope can ring in a new era for the Catholic faith. Francis will be formally installed at a Mass on Tuesday.