Baltimore Catholics See Fresh Outlook from New Pope

March 14, 2013 by

The Baltimore Sun reports on reactions to the election of Jorge Mario Bergoglio as the new pope, particularly within the Hispanic community in Baltimore. Among those interviewed was CRS staffer Alsy Acevedo.  The Baltimore Sun writes:

Surprise turned into joy as Baltimore Catholics celebrated the election of the first Latin American and first Jesuit pope, saying it offered an often-hidebound church a chance for rejuvenation….

In Baltimore, where a little over one-fifth of the archdiocese’s 500,000 Catholics are Hispanic, there was pride in the new pope’s nationality.

“Growing up in a country that is a territory of the U.S. but culturally Latin American, it was such a surprise and such an honor,” said Alsy Acevedo, who is from Puerto Rico and works as a communications officer for Latin America and the Caribbean at Catholic Relief Services in Baltimore.

“The church is a really big part of Puerto Rico and the rest of Latin America, so this is beautiful to see,” said Acevedo, 30. “I really didn’t think I would see this in my lifetime.”

Acevedo said the new pope’s choice of name made his appointment even more special. “I went to a Franciscan school in Puerto Rico, so that was really emotional for me.”

The announcement triggered “texts and messages and tweets” among her family and friends, she said.

Read the full article on the Baltimore Sun.

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