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Local Catholics optimistic about Pope Francis, future of church

8:46 AM, Mar. 14, 2013
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The election Wednesday of a new leader of the Roman Catholic Church has the local Catholic contingent, especially the Hispanic Catholic population, optimistic about the future of the church and how Pope Francis will lead it.

Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, 76, of Buenos Aires, Argentina, was elected pope Wednesday after just five votes by the College of Cardinals, who had been in conclave since Tuesday afternoon.

Bergoglio upon his election took the name Francis, the first pope to do so. He also is the first Latin American pope. About 480 million of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics live in ...

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