Hispanic Catholics of the Lowcountry celebrate Latin American Pope

Hispanic Catholics of the Lowcountry celebrate Latin American Pope

WEST ASHLEY, SC (WCSC) - Sunday was a big day for Hispanic Catholics around the Lowcountry as they celebrated the selection of a Latin American Pope.

There was a feeling of joy among many Hispanic Catholics who attended the Spanish-language mass at Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Church.

Maricela Villalobos a parishioner said, "I'm very excited, I feel that it was about time that Latin America got its turn to saying something in the Catholic church."

Newly appointed, Pope Francis is the first Latin American selected to lead the church of more than 1 billion Catholics around world.

"We share the same dialect even though i'm not from Argentina, but we share the same Spanish dialect when we speak, so it brings him closer to us," said Villalobos.

There's a large percentage worldwide of Hispanic Catholics and with a new pope from Argentina, some people are using this as an opportunity to educate others about his home country.

Villalobos said, "I teach Spanish at the College of Charleston and the next day I gave students a reading on what is Argentina, where it is located on the map and the capital."

Denisse Cardenas has been a parishioner at Blessed Sacrament nearly all her life. She's done her research on the new pope and is looking forward to his leadership.

Cardenas said, "I heard he's a very humble man and I think he'll be a great pope and be a great example for everyone, especially the youth. I know he has a lot of topics that he's really for, for the church, so i'm really excited to see what he's going to do."

The Pope Francis is also inspiring a younger generation of Catholics.

Brenda Almazan a parishioner said, "It sets an example that no matter where you come from you can follow your dreams and accomplish something big."

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