DE PERE - A St. Norbert student, who is studying in Rome, was in the plaza, when Pope Francis was introduced.
FOX 11 spoke with 21-year-old Mitchell Savaste, of La Crosse by phone Thursday, to hear his firsthand account.
"Once the new pope was announced, everybody was waving flags and yelling and celebrating about the new pope. And many people there were crying with joy, said Savaste. Adding: "I think its a once in a lifetime experience. I remember learning about it at St. Norbert, and thinking that it would be really cool, if I could be there to experience this event. "