At the service this morning in St Andrew's Cathedral, ironically led by Father Francis Okereka, city Catholics gathered to pray for the new Pontiff.
Father Francis said: "I am so happy today, even more than most, as the Pope has taken my first name. I really was surprised to see him take the name Francis.
"I believe every Catholic across the world is rejoicing today. I am so happy for him and as Catholics, and Christians, we must pray for him."
Pope Francis's choice of name was interpreted as alluding to the new incumbent's values of simplicity and humility, after St Francis of Assisi. However, it may also refer to the Jesuit missionary St Francis Xavier.
Originally from Nigeria, Father Francis, added: "We must pray to give him strength and courage, so he can do this job well. And we must remember Pope Francis is not just Pope for Catholics or Christians, but everyone, right across the world."
As people were leaving the church in Clyde Street today, some were jubilant, while others were surprised at the appointment of a non-European Pope.
Nick Stewart, 63, a pub owner from Glasgow, said: "It's great we have a new Pope. He seems to have come from working class roots and is very humble."
Nicholas McLuskey, 52, from Giffnock, said: "I'm delighted with the appointment of Pope Francis. It's great that Latin Americans will now be better represented within the church."
Patricia Colligan, from Shawlands, said she was "delighted" with the decision.
The 76-year-old added: "I'm really surprised he took the name Francis. I don't think many people predicted that."