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.