Latin America Celebrates Pope Francis

Thousands flock to the church where Cardinal Bergolio used to hold mass.
2:20 | 03/14/13

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So much has been made of the average age of the cardinals, 72. There's no doubt they strategically chose where to look for their pope. Latin america. Compared to north america, in 1900 in north america. But now look at latin america, 59 million in 1900. 483 million today. Reporter: They're hoping to grow the church. As we learned tonight, pope francis also grew the church here, one person at a time. Today we retraced the pope's path, with the help of his old friend, father gustavo boquin. Reporter: You wept? Yes. Reporter: I asked him if the new pope would wear those famous red shoes? No. Certainly not from prada? No, not from prada. Reporter: Pope francis battered those shoes along the trash strewn sidewalks of the slum where 50,000 are packed in those pastels squares. Latin america is home to 40 percent of the world's catholics. Nearly twice as many in europe. Father gustavo carrera had to guide us in. Is it dangerous? Yes, it is. So dangerous that national guardsmen corralled us. These people are protecting us. But the pope would walk around here absolutely alone. For decades his footsteps would take him to the neediest. Where this woman told me the cardinal who refused to buy new shoes, once bent down and washed her feet. She said, I was shocked. Why me? It's unusual for a cardinal to clean the feet of a drug addict. The pope was a north star of the universe here, funding this school. I asked him if he liked school. And so man of the folks we spoke to tonight said they finally understand that the center of gravity of the church has officially shifted.

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