This man is 266th in an unbroken line of successors to St. Peter. Essentially, he is the "vicar of Christ" on earth. He is a spiritual father for all of us. His first title is Servant of the servants of God.
The word pope actually means "papa". The excitement is with everyone wondering which of the 115 cardinals was elected. A papal election is not like a secular one. It is just the reverse; none of the cardinals wants to take on this tremendous responsibility. The one elected is asked: "Do you accept"? Once he does, he gives up the service he gave in his previous post and now takes a new name.
Has there been any speculation regarding the number of people from other countries who are visiting simply to be at the Vatican for the conclave?
Thank you for explaining.