Pope Francis I was elected today, and my gut feeling is generally positive. He doesn't look like the Emperor from Star Wars, so that will at least quell those comparisons. Having a South American Pope is a step in the right direction. From what little I know of him, his humility sounds promising and he would appear to be down-to-earth. I am not surprised by his support of pro-life or homosexuality, nor do I want to comment on that myself. Overall an interesting choice, and I'm glad it wasn't the Canadian cardinal. After reading some of his comments, I wasn't impressed.
We'll see what unfolds. I just hope he's more open-minded than Benedict XVI. We don't need to change everything overnight, but some change is necessary in order for us to survive.