There is a great joy and anticipation among Roman Catholics when a new Pope is chosen. This particular time has great significance, especially in Southern Arizona where there are many Spanish speakers.
St. Francis of Assisi is prominent in St. Augustine Cathedral in Downtown Tucson. He is an advocate for the poor and charismatic; it is what they hope Pope Francis will be.
For many Tucsonans, the choice of the first Pope from the Americas has great significance, too, as history is made.
"Our new pope represents all Latino America, so it's like North America, Central America and South America," Dominican Sister Gladys Echenique of Argentina said. "And, of course, being an Argentine, I am very proud of it."
"The Americas are known for their strength in Catholicism and I just think this will inspire even a great growth and devotion to our Lord." Said Monsignor Al Schifano, Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson.
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