Local Catholics praise choice of pope

The Catholic church made a historical decision Wednesday with the election of Jorge Mario Bergoglio as the 266th pope.

The first pope from the Americas (South) and the first from outside Europe in more than a millennium has brought a new energy to the church.

He has chosen the name Pope Francis, and the 76-year-old son of Italian immigrants comes into his position amid uncertainty within the church following the sudden resignation of Pope Benedict XVI. But, judging by reaction from local Catholics, there is overwhelming confidence Francis is the right pontiff to lead the church into the future.


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