Pope Francis Setting 'a Good Example'
03/23/2013 AT 09:00 AM EDT
Was it a first? Perhaps. Already this first New World Jesuit pope has set a number of precedents. For many, the election of Francis, 76, inspires optimism amidst shrinking church membership and sexual-abuse scandals.
"We hope he brings the changes that we all wish for," says his sister María Elena Bergoglio, 65. "That the Church opens up to the world so that we can all participate."