Family Talks About Son's Experience In Italy When New Pope Was Announced
A Hilton man was among the many thousands who packed into St. Peter's Square Wednesday as the new leader of the Catholic Church was announced. His family back home in Hilton talked to YNN about the incredible moment for their son.
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Lori and Scott Resnick's son Jake is a junior at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. He went to study abroad in Italy.
No one ever imagined Jake would be in St. Peter's Square when history was made this week.
"He said it was just horrendous weather, but he said I'm not going to miss it," said Lori.
Jake was there with some classmates when the white smoke came out, and then Pope Francis was introduced to the world.
"Pure excitement. It's a once in a lifetime thing to be able to see something like this," Jake told our reporter at the scene, just moments after it happened Wednesday.
Jake and his brothers grew up going to Catholic schools. Jake graduated from Aquinas Institute. His mom, Lori, is Catholic. His father, Scott, is Jewish. Both realize the impact of this event on the world.
"To be in Rome and see it from that standpoint and all the other people from these other countries that are just as committed to their faith, is amazing. And that's what he's seeing right now, it's brought a whole word together," Lori told us from their home in Hilton.
"Just to see that emotion – the Argentinians and the South Americans – overwhelmed and tears of joy. And he was there," said Scott.
The Resnicks have traveled to Italy before. But Jake's trip and experience tops it all as a moment they will never forget.
"When he went to spend three months there, he had a few things checked off: go to Switzerland, maybe go to visit some other countries," said Scott. "I don't think being in St. Peter's Square during the selection of the new Pope was on his bucket list.
"But I think that was the highlight thus far," Lori said.
Jake will be back home in Rochester in May.