WNY Seminarians Watching Papal Process

March 12, 2013 Updated Mar 12, 2013 at 7:43 PM EDT

By Ed Reilly

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March 12, 2013 Updated Mar 12, 2013 at 7:43 PM EDT

EAST AURORA, N.Y. (WKBW) The whole world is watching in anticipation as the Papal Conclave has now started the process of picking a new Pope for the Roman Catholic Church.

Among those who are keeping a close eye on what is happening are a group of twenty plus seminarians at Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora.

The seminary is operated by the Diocese of Buffalo.

Using social media and viewing online cameras monitoring the chimney at the Sistine Chapel, the seminarians are texting and trying to keep each other up-to-date with the latest information.

"I think it is a time of excited anticipation where we are waiting to see what is going to happen," said Bryan Zielenieski from Arcade.

Venatius Agbasiere is from Nigeria and is studying in the Diocese of Buffalo to become a priest.

Regarding speculation that a Cardinal from Africa might be considered as the next Pontiff, the 32-year old seminarian replied, "Whoever the Holy Spirit chooses for his church, I am confident with that. I don't care where he comes from."

It was a sentiment that was shared by his fellow seminarians.

"It is not so much an individual that is the head of the church, but Christ through his spirit," added Cole Webster from Amherst.