Habemus papam! St. Peter's Square erupted in cheers on Wednesday, March 13, when Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, henceforth known as Pope Francis, was announced as Pope Benedict XVI's successor. But the excitement wasn't confined to Vatican City; within seconds of the big reveal, the internet was flooded with reactions from people all over the world.
Among the many who took to Twitter to weigh in on the election of the 76-year-old Argentinian Archbishop -- the first pope ever to come from South America -- were stars including Mario Lopez, Piers Morgan, and Joan Rivers. Even Jersey Shore alum Snooki had something to say about the new leader of the Roman Catholic Church.
Us Weekly rounded up some of the most humorous and hopeful reactions from your favorite celebrities:
Mario Lopez: Big moment for the church & for those of us who call ourselves Catholics. I hope Pope Francis comes with an open heart & open mind... #Faith
Piers Morgan: Pope Francis 1 is known as a frugal, humble, moderniser. Sounds just what the Catholic Church needs.
Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi: Yay for Pope Bergoglio!! He's adorable.
Chris Harrison: When I told@seanlowe09 & @clmgiudici I'm ordained I never thought the Vatican would respond so fast #whitesmoke
Carson Daly: I like the new pope. Opted for silence before he first spoke. Pray for me before I pray for you. Humble. #goodstart
Aziz Ansari: Feeling good about my chances to be new Pope. My agents said I should hear something today...
Craig Ferguson: Rumors already swirling in Hollywood that the new Pope will replace Leno on NBC at 1130.
Eric Stonestreet: Did they just go to central casting to get the new pope?
Star Jones: I'm not Catholic...but am excited by the election of #NewPope. May he be blessed with wisdom & the love of Christ.
Mia Farrow: American Catholics praying for a liberal Pope who will lead reform. But that is unlikely.
This article originally appeared on Usmagazine.com: New Pope Elected: Snooki, Mario Lopez, and Other Stars React to Pope Francis
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