Michiana Latino community reacts to new Pope - Fox 28: South Bend, Elkhart IN News, Weather, Sports

Michiana Latino community reacts to new Pope

Posted:

There were a lot of big firsts for the Catholic Church Wednesday as Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina was elected Pope.

Pope Francis the first Pope from Latin America, the first Pope from outside of Europe in over a millennium, and the first Pope to take the name Francis. He is also the first Jesuit to lead the Catholic Church.

Pope Francis, is the son of Italian immigrants and was raised in Argentina. He spent the last 15 years serving the church as the Archbishop of Buenos Aires. He was proclaimed a Cardinal In 2001 by Pope John Paul II.

Pope Francis is known for strong stances against abortion, contraceptives, and same sex marriage.

According to FOX News, Pope Francis lived very humbly while in Argentina. He apparently shared an apartment in Buenos Aires and cooked dinner for himself every night.

When he emerged from the Vatican Wednesday afternoon, the Pope seemed humbled by the church's decision.

"The duty of the conclave was to appoint a Bishop of Rome and it seems to me that my brother Cardinals have chosen one who is from far away, so here I am," said Pope Francis as he stood from the balcony of the Vatican.

Across the world the Catholic Church is receiving praise for the election of a Pope from Latin America. Today Latin-Americans around the world celebrated the decision of Pope Francis. Including Latinos in Michiana, who say they're thrilled he was chosen. 

"You just feel like he's one of us," said Elizabeth Campos, a parishioner at St. Vincent de Paul - Elkhart. "I mean we're in a Catholic church and it's a universal church, but maybe he will be able to understand our culture a little bit more is just very good news."

The name Francis is said to be in honor of St. Francis of Assisi, who was the apostle of the poor. When Pope Benedict, was elected in 2005, Pope Francis actually received the second most votes.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Drinking water concerns for Granger and Gilmer Park addressed at a meeting Wednesday

    Drinking water concerns for Granger and Gilmer Park addressed at a meeting Wednesday

    Nitrates, nicotine, deet, and other toxins were discovered in St. Joe County water in December 2013, following a year-long study. Northeast Granger and Gilmer Park on the south side of South Bend are the areas affected by the contamination. The county health department points to septic systems as the cause for the problem. A group of experts met Wednesday night just to lay-out the first steps in cleaning up the drinking water. St. Joe County's Environmental Health Director, Marc Nelson, says ...More >>
    Nitrates, nicotine, deet, and other toxins were discovered in St. Joe County water in December 2013, following a year-long study. Northeast Granger and Gilmer Park on the south side of South Bend are the areas affected by the contamination. The county health department points to septic systems as the cause for the problem. A group of experts met Wednesday night just to lay-out the first steps in cleaning up the drinking water. St. Joe County's Environmental Health Director, Marc Nelson, says ...More >>
  • Councilman Derek Dieter calls for clearer Council policy on medical leave

    Councilman Derek Dieter calls for clearer Council policy on medical leave

    Officials say South Bend Common Councilman Henry Davis, Jr. is midway through his first week on medical leave, but the specifics of why he's out are unclear. He hasn't spoken publicly. Instead, all we have to go on is an email he sent the council president saying he needs to concentrate on his health. His request came a little over a week after his DUI arrest. Councilman Derek Dieter wants the full council to meet and clarify the leave of absence process.More >>
    Officials say South Bend Common Councilman Henry Davis, Jr. is midway through his first week on medical leave, but the specifics of why he's out are unclear. He hasn't spoken publicly. Instead, all we have to go on is an email he sent the council president saying he needs to concentrate on his health. His request came a little over a week after his DUI arrest. Councilman Derek Dieter wants the full council to meet and clarify the leave of absence process.More >>
  • Reviving The Park: A FOX28 Special Report

    Reviving The Park: A FOX28 Special Report

    They call it a labor of love. A big piece of Michiana history, sat vacant for decades. Now, dedicated volunteers are working to bring it back to life.More >>
    They call it a labor of love. A big piece of Michiana history, sat vacant for decades. Now, dedicated volunteers are working to bring it back to life.More >>
Powered by WorldNow

Fox 28

WSJV-TV FOX 28
58096 County Road 7, South
Elkhart, IN 46517

Switchboard: 574.679.9758
News Phone: 574.679.4545
Station Fax: 574.294.1267
Email: fox28news@fox28.com

All content ©Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WSJV. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service and Mobile Privacy Policy & Terms of Service.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Administrative Assistant Heather Stewart at (574) 343-5310. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at fccinfo@fcc.gov.