Here's what they had to say:
“His taking the name of Francis reinforces what we already know about him as an advocate for the poor and for social justice issues."
-Brother Charles Hilken, professor of history and noted Vatican scholar, on KGO Radio.
“I was struck by the new pope's authenticity and expect him to bring the Church back to its historical mission of servicing the needs of individuals, praying with people, being an authentic witness to Christ.”
-Father Michael Russo, a professor of communication and former CBS News religion consultant, on KQED Forum and KPIX-TV.
“It’s more moving than any kind of rock concert would be. (The students) all talked about how it's something that not only would they never forget, but far more emotionally stirring than they ever anticipated... Pope Francis' tremendous sense of simplicity and love for the poor is something that Christians and non-Christians alike can rally around"
-Theology Professor Tom Poundstone, in Rome with 23 students, told the San Francisco Chronicle that, on hearing the news, they rushed to Saint Peter's Square.