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Hispanics Elated Over New Pope

Latinos in western Massachusetts are thrilled with the first Latin American Pope.

The selection of Pope  Francis from Argentina, resonated with members of the Legion of The Mary, an Hispanic  women’s prayer group, that meets in Springfield on Wednesday evenings. Magdalina Sofia Pagan is the group’s leader

Jasmine Falcon said a Spanish speaking Pope will be good for the church.

Hispanics account for 70 percent of the growth of the US Catholic Church.

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