Members of city’s Argentinian community celebrate news of new pope

Champagne at 3 in the afternoon on a Wednesday?  Absolutely for Chicago Argentinian Ramon Jimenez and his family, who run a small Argentine deli and liquor store on the northwest side called Buenos Aires.

He compares today’s news to winning a major sports championship.

“When you heard his name, I started like when you make a goal,” he says. “I jumped.  I started screaming!”

Members of the Argentinian community in Chicago used many of the same words to describe Pope Francis: Humble and caring.  But they say he isn’t afraid to stand up for what he believes in.

“He’s been a strong protector of poor class and middle class and he has been a strong outspoken person against the government,” says Ana Fau.

It’s a day of great pride for Argentinians.

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