New Pope Signals Latino Shift for Catholic Church

For the first time in history, a Latin American cardinal has been selected pope of the Catholic Church. The decision by the Vatican to break with tradition and choose the first pope from outside Europe in modern times, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, Argentina, may illustrate the important role Latinos have assumed in the church -- and that the church is recognizing it. The Catholic laity has been growing outside Europe, while shrinking in the traditional strongholds of...Full Story
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