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Latin American New Yorkers Celebrate Argentine Pope

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Parishioners at St. Paul the Apostle Church in Corona, Queens, celebrated mass on Monday evening, just hours after the new Pope Francis was announced.

Father Darrell DaCosta said the selection of the first pope from the Americas is significant for his congregants, 60 percent of whom are from Latin America, and the world.

“That's representative of the universality of the Church, so I think that's a beautiful … mark here of the Spirit moving in our times,” he said.

His parishioners agreed, and said they were happy and enthusiastic about the new Pope.

“He’s a blessing from God, and I think it’s great that he’s going to be here guiding us,” said Hiannette Lora, 29.

Lora said she believes Pope Francis will understand the needs of the Catholic Church's Hispanic members.

Forty percent of today's Catholics live in Latin America, according to the Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion and Public Life.

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Julianne Welby

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John M from Lawn Guy Land

Dear WNYC:
I am of Irish descent. I went to Catholic schools for 9 years, and was an altar boy at my local church. I was also sexually abused by a Catholic church representative, a predator widely known at a school I attended by students and staff. I don't mention these things to point fingers, but to qualify my comments as an American former Catholic.
Not much interests me as little as does who is "elected" the latest pope. I would be more interested in learning the winner of "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?", a show I have never watched and don't plan to. The Catholic Church has become a corrupt, bloated business, with no relevance in today's society and no interest in coming into the 20th century, much less the 21st. Nothing has changed for the faithful since the early 1960's, when Pope John XXIII finally allowed celebration of the Mass in the local vernacular, so you might actually know what was being said in church. Between the organized cover-up of historical and modern-day child abuse and the revelations of the existence of the so-called "Gay Mafia" within the very walls of the Vatican controlling everything behind the scenes from who does and doesn't get parking spaces to the latest dogma, I can no longer even identify myself in any way a Catholic, except maybe a recovering Catholic. Today, I have a personal relationship with a loving God, who loves everyone and wants me to, too. I try to help others in this journey through life, pray for faith for myself and patience, understanding and love for those that "irritate" me. I don't require a building down in town to do this, or a very old man in a land far away to direct me.
I am normally an all-day listener and supporter of WNYC. I will find something else to listen to until WNYC's fascination with this irrevelant event subsides, and I'll be praying for the Church.

Mar. 14 2013 10:15 AM

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