New pope galvanizes local Catholics

April 2, 2013

As much of the world knows, Cardinals in the Vatican elected a new pope March 13 and local churches celebrated the news.

Pope Francis, the taken name of Jorge Mario Bergoglio, stands out from the church’s 2,000-year tradition in a number of ways. Not only is he the first to take the name Francis, after St. Francis of Assisi, but he is also the first pope raised from the Jesuit order.

Most notably, the former Archbishop of Buenos Aires is the first South American to become the Holy See. Previously, Cardinals elected leaders of the Catholic Church exclusively from European countries.

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