Muchas gracias for a 'triple first' of a Pope

It is a great day to be a Catholic.  We have a new Pope and he is a triple first: "The new pope, Jorge Mario Bergoglio (pronounced Ber-GOAL-io), will be called Francis, the 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church. He is also the first non-European pope in more than 1,200 years and the first member of the Jesuit order to lead the church." "3 firsts" in one Pope:  Latin American, Jesuit and non-European. I did not see that coming! As a Latin American, who grew up in Cuban churches when the mass was still in Latin, I am so pleased that the Vatican has selected a man who was born speaking Spanish. It will be a huge boost to a region that has felt underrepresented by the choices made in the Vatican.  I hear that 40% of the Catholics live in the Caribbean and Latin America.  Furthermore, half of the world's Catholics under 40 live in Latin America! How much longer can the Vatican overlook the one region of the world where the church...(Read Full Post)

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