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Chicago Catholics cheer selection of new pope

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The bells at Holy Name Cathedral proclaimed the news that a new pope had been chosen Wednesday.

The selection of the first pope from the Western Hemisphere was met with joy and optimism by Chicago’s Catholic faithful.

Local Latinos took heart from the selection of the first pope from South America, and saw it as a sign the Catholic church is finally recognizing a continent where almost half the world’s Roman Catholics reside.

Others say they are thrilled that the new pope took his name, Francis, from St. Francis of Assisi, who stood up to his pope in the 12th and 13th centuries to force needed reforms in the Catholic church.

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