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Montevideo American-News - Montevideo, MN
  • Argentine native in Minn. excited by pope choice

  • Martina says the new pope, who was Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, knows the customs and traditions that she had growing up.
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  • A Minnesota woman says she feels like she won the lottery when a fellow Argentinian was named the new pope.
    Celina Martina, a native of Argentina, has lived in St. Paul for the last 15 years. She tells the St. Paul Pioneer Press she could see the newly elected Pope Francis "being the priest of my church."
    Martina says the new pope, who was Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, knows the customs and traditions that she had growing up.
    She says the selection of a pope from Latin America has strengthened her connection to the Catholic Church, even though she does not agree with some teachings such as its opposition to gay marriage.
    Martina says "Any Spanish-speaking, Latin American is feeling overwhelmed and happy today."

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