(AP) — The leader of Indiana's largest Catholic diocese says many
Catholics in this state are going to be thrilled that the new pope speaks
their mother tongue.
Archbishop Joseph Tobin is referring to the many Indiana Catholics who
grew up speaking Spanish.
cardinals elected Argentine Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio to the papacy
Wednesday. Bergoglio chose to be called Pope Francis.
Tobin says he
hopes Francis, as the first pope from Latin America, will bring some
universality to the church.
Tobin says the
pope's namesake, St. Francis of Assisi, was considered life-giving and
healing, and "the new pope may have been recognizing that things have to
be done and healed in the church."